Orlando Pirates have announced the signing of midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula from AmaZulu on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

Makhaula has spent the past three seasons at Usuthu and was one of the best performers at the club. He was also made team captain in the process.


“The club would like to thank AmaZulu management for the professional manner in how the transfer of Makhaula was handled,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Usuthu, through the leadership and guidance of Chairman Sandile Zungu, was transparent and cooperative throughout the negotiations, making the process quick and smooth for both clubs.

“We would like to commend the board for their conduct and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season,” said Pirates.


The 33-year-old has expressed his delight for joining the Buccaneers.

“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in the country,” he told the club’s website.

“It’s a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and helping the Club move towards reaching their objectives.

Makhehlene Makhaula joins Orlando Pirates
Makhehlene Makhaula joins Orlando Pirates

“As I begin a new chapter in my career, I cannot do so without paying homage to my former club. To the entire board, the technical team, my teammates and the supporters of Usuthu, thank you all for everything you have done for me,” concluded Makhaula.

AmaZulu president, Sandile Zungu has also commended the experienced midfielder’s professionalism since joining Usuthu. 

“Makhaula leaves with our full blessings,” said Zungu. 

“He has served the club very well as captain and was the recipient of the President’s and the player’s player of the year awards two seasons ago with merit,” he added. 

In his career that started in 2014, Makhaula also played for Free State Stars as well as now defunct Highlands Park.

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