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In the world of football, certain jersey numbers carry a legacy that transcends generations.

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Relebohile Mofokeng in action for Orlando Pirates during the 2023/2024 Dstv Premiership match.

At Orlando Pirates, one such number is the iconic number 10, which has seen limited use since the days of the legendary Jomo Sono.

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Orlando Pirates Fan’s Plea

Buccaneers fan, Lucko James, recently made an impassioned plea to the club’s head coach, Jose Riveiro, urging him to consider handing the coveted number 10 jersey to a deserving young talent, Relebohile Mofokeng, formerly known as Ratomo.

The History Of The Jersey Number 10 At Orlando Pirates 

The history of the Pirates number 10 jersey is steeped in nostalgia and tradition.

It was during the era of Sono, a true South African football legend, that the number 10 jersey became synonymous with excellence and skill.

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Sono’s sublime performances in that jersey left an indelible mark on the club and its passionate fan base.

After his departure from active play, the jersey remained largely untouched, worn only by a select few.

Steve Lekoeloea and Vincent Pule were the fortunate names to don the jersey, but even they couldn’t fill the immense shoes left by Sono.

The weight of expectations placed on the jersey was immense, and perhaps that’s why it remained dormant for so long.

The Start Of The Plea

However, as the current season approached, Pirates unintentionally sparked a fervent debate among fans when they mistakenly listed Azola Matrose as the new number 10 bearer on their website.

The error was swiftly corrected, but the incident stirred the emotions of the fan base.

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It was a reminder of the longing to see the number 10 jersey back in action.

James’ Plea

James, a devoted Pirates fan, seized the moment to make a heartfelt appeal to head coach Jose Riveiro.

He called for the coach to engage with Jomo Sono and ask him to bless the young talent, Mofokeng, with the number 10 jersey.

In his plea, James expressed the collective desire of the Pirates faithful to witness the emergence of a new number 10 in their era.

The plea is not just a cry for a jersey number change; it’s a plea for the revival of a tradition, a nod to the glorious past, and a hope for a bright future. It’s a request for a new hero to emerge and make the number 10 jersey his own, following in the footsteps of legends like Sono.

Whether or not the Pirates will heed Lucko James’ call remains to be seen.

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But one thing is certain: the number 10 jersey at Orlando Pirates is more than just a piece of fabric; it’s a symbol of history, passion, and the enduring spirit of football fans who yearn to see their club’s legacy continue in the hands of a new generation.

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