ABC Motsepe League’s Dondol Stars goalkeeper Sphamandla Gumede has joined the DStv Premiership club Orlando Pirates ahead of the 2023/2024 season.

Stars confirmed the departure of Gumede on Monday morning, with the goalkeeper having signed with the PSL giants for an undisclosed contract.

Gumede was linked with a move to Richards Bay after his stellar performance in the Nedbank Cup tournament in April. But the deal fell out, with Pirates moving swiftly to snatch him.

It was reported last week that Jose Riveiro’s side was closing in on a deal to sign the 28-year-old, a move that is now sealed.

SPHAMANDLA GUMEDE JOINS ORLANDO PIRATES

The Gauteng ABC Motsepe League team has confirmed that Gumede is now a Buccaneer player. But LimSportsZone understands that he’s likely to be loaned out in the upcoming season for game time. With Pirates already having three goalkeepers in their squad.

“We are proudly delighted to announce that our goalkeeper Sphamandla Gumede also known as Spider Kid has become the Bauccaneers’ latest signing,” Dondol Stars’ statement reads.

“From all of us at Dondol Stars, thank you Spider kid for the incredible season we had with you. History was made, from conceding fewer goals in our previous season. Your nomination in the PSL awards and to being ranked the best goalkeeper save in the Nedbank Cup by Supersport.

Dondol Stars Keeper Sphamandla Gumede joins Orlando Pirates
Sphamandla Gumede

“Thank you for serving Chabarefete badge with such great honour and integrity. We wish you all the best on your new chapter with Orlando Pirates Football Club. You will forever be part of us.”

OTHER PLAYERS WHO LEFT DONDOL STARS FOR PSL TEAMS

After their remarkable 2022/2023 season in the ABC league, Dondol have also lost plenty of their players to DStv Premiership and Motsepe Foundation Championship teams, respectively.

Stars went as far as the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup. Having been eliminated by Gumede’s new team, Orlando Pirates following a 5-4 loss on penalties at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Stars’ player, Thabang Mnyembane has joined the 2023 Nedbank Cup finalist, Sekhukhune United. Meanwhile, Francious Baloyi signed with Polokwane City.

Tebogo Makungo, who scored against Pirates, has also become a University of Pretoria player for the upcoming season. While goalkeeper coach, Tada Musibe will be doing his job at SuperSport United.

By Clifton Mabasa

ABC Motsepe’s Dondol Stars midfielder Tebogo Makungo has found himself a Premier Soccer League (PSL) home, while teammate goalkeeper Siphamandla Gumede is expected to follow ahead of the 2023/2024 season. 

Interests in Makungo, Gumede and a few of Dondol players were first reported back in April, with their coaches having insisted that they will not stand in the players’ way if professional teams want their signatures. 

Makungo and Gumede were amongst Dondol Stars players who starred in the recent Nedbank Cup tournament. Stars went as far as the quarterfinals of the competition. 

Makungo, 31, had scored against Orlando Pirates in a 1-1 draw at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, where Stars eventually lost 5-4 in a penalty-shootout. Gumede, on the other hand, had conceded three goals throughout the tournament. 

SIPHAMANDLA GUMEDE TO RICHARDS BAY DEAL IMMINENT 

Following an impressive performance in the Nedbank Cup and a great season in the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League, LimSportsZone can confirm that Makungo has joined Motsepe Foundation Championship side, Pretoria Callies. 

Tebogo Makungo

Meanwhile, Gumede remains a key goalkeeper target for Richards Bay heading into the winter transfer and is currently more likely to join them in the coming days.

TEBOGO MAKUNGO JOINS PRETORIA CALLIES

“Tebogo Makungo to Pretoria Callies consider it a done deal, he will be joining them next season,” a close source to the player told LimSportsZone. 

“So, Spha (Gumede) remains a key goalkeeper target for Richards Bay, they are in talks, and he will probably sign in the next few days, should they agree on terms.” 

The 2023 Nedbank Cup quarter-finalists secured their first-ever Gauteng ABC Motsepe League title last season and qualified for the national playoffs. 

Stars, however, were unable to make it to the Motsepe Foundation Championship. They lost their first match to Umsinga United before beating FC Buffalo in their last match. 

By Clifton Mabasa 

The Nedbank Cup Quarterfinals matches will kick off on Saturday afternoon, with the cup competition drawing nearer to the final.

Dondol Stars will be hosting Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Dondol Chairman officially hails from Bochum [150km away from Limpopo’s capital City]. So bringing the match to Polokwane came as no surprise.

Also read: Dondol beat AmaZulu to advance to Nedbank Cup quarterfinals 

Meanwhile, at Athlone Stadium the supporters will be on the edge of their seats throughout the much-anticipated thrilling encounter between Stellenbosch FC and Mamelodi Sundowns. Whenever these two sides meet, entertainment is expected, in their last fixture they played a 1-1 draw.

And unfortunately, the tie will have to be broken this time around as this is a cup game, and only one team can go through.

Wrapping things up on Sunday, Chippa United and Sekhukhune United have unfinished business to sort out when they meet at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The Chilli Boys are currently under a lot of pressure, they will be looking to use this match as the fix to their problems.

However, Adibahlabe has had a good run in this contention, and they know what is at stake.

In the final match, Kaizer Chiefs will be traveling to Chatsworth Stadium. They face one of their most challenging rivals, Royal AM. The Soweto Giants are still on the search for silverware. Progressing to the semis would be just a step closer to achieving that.

By Sinolwetu Tompela

Orlando Pirates will have to travel to Polokwane for their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash against minnows Dondol Stars. Dondol, who are originally from Senwabarwana in Limpopo, decided to take the match to their home province. This comes as the Premier Soccer League on Thursday announced dates, venues, and kick-off times for next month’s Nedbank Cup quarterfinal fixtures.

Also read: Nedbank Cup quarterfinal draw: Dondol to meet Pirates

The last eight will be played on the weekend of 15 and 16 April 2023.

Tickets will be sold at TicketPro outlets countrywide. Including Spar, BP, Caltex, Sasol, Shell, and also Total fuel stations at R60 per ticket.

On Saturday afternoon, 15 April, Giant-killers Dondol Stars will host two-time Nedbank Cup champions Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00.


In the evening, Steve Barker’s Stellenbosch FC troops will welcome defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns to Athlone Stadium. Kick-off for this mouthwatering clash will be at 18:00.

Dondol and Orlando Pirates Nedbank  cup clash to take place in Polokwane 
Dondol and Orlando Pirates Nedbank cup clash to take place in Polokwane 

Also read: Former Orlando Pirates star finds new home in Limpopo 


Then on Sunday afternoon, 2021 runners up Chippa United and first-time quarterfinalists Sekhukhune United will lock horns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Qqeberha. Kick-off is at 15:00.

The last fixture of the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals will see 2022 semi-finalists Royal AM and 2013 champions Kaizer Chiefs trading blows at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday evening. Kick-off is at 18:00.

ABC Motsepe League side Dondol Stars have caused another Nedbank Cup upset after beating AmaZulu in the last 16. The Gauteng side beat their PSL counterparts 5-4 in a penalty shootout. 

DONDOL STARS BEAT AMAZULU IN NEDBANK CUP 

The match ended 1-1 after extra time. This is the second match that the minnows beat a Premiership side. They advanced to the last 16 after beating SuperSport United in the last 32.

“I hoped and I prayed that our boys would come to the party and they did,” Dondol co-coach Khuliso Rashamuse told SuperSport TV.

“After we played 90 minutes, we pushed our players. We encouraged them because we didn’t have anything to lose. We told them that if they can go the extra mile then go for it because that’s what we need. That was the difference between us winning and losing the match which we did. They came to the party, they danced and had fun. 

FOOTBALL GODS ON DONDOL SIDE DURING PENALTY SHOOTOUT

“Penalties are a lottery, anything can happen. Fortunately enough the football Gods were on our side and we managed to score five,” said Rashamuse referring to the penalty shootout. 

Whitehead Nameka takes on Abbubaker Mobara of AmaZulu during the Nedbank Cup win on Wednesday
Whitehead Nameka takes on Abbubaker Mobara during the Nedbank Cup win on Wednesday

“It was in the players’ hearts, they wanted it the most and that’s why we won it. Besides us making history, it’s a great achievement for the team, the Chairman of the team who has been through a lot over the past few years,” he continued. 

“This will bring joy into his heart but we want to remain humble and respectful, and focus on the league because if we win then we go to the Motsepe Foundation Championship, and our lives can change.” 

ALSO READ: Chiefs, Pirates get home Nedbank Cup last 16 draws 

AmaZulu coach Romain Folz believes the missed chances by his players cost them a last-eight spot. 

“First of all congratulations to the opponents for the simple reason that they scored the penalties and we missed one. In the field of play, I believe we put ourselves in trouble by missing so many chances. We hit the post twice, we had four or five chances but we missed.”

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