Orlando Pirates has confirmed the signing of Lesedi Kapinga from Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of the 2023/24 season.

According to the club website the 28-year-old attacking midfielder, who recently played for Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA Cup, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

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Lesedi Kapinga joins other Pirates new signings including Patrick Maswanganyi, Melusi Buthelezi and Katlego Otladisa at Bucs.

Former Black Leopards attacker has been given the number 21 shirt at the Soweto Giants and arrives after scoring four goals with seven assists in 39 games at Masandawana.

CONFIRMED: Lesedi Kapinga joins Orlando Pirates
Lesedi Kapinga


“I am pleased to join the Club,” said Kapinga.

“I’m not much of a talker because talk is cheap. All I’m focused on is to start training and working my way back to playing the game I love.”

Orlando Pirates, who held their preseason camp in Spain, kick off their season with their DStv Premiership match against Stellenbosch FC at Danie Craven Stadium on 5 August.

By Katleho Hlalele 

Wantaway midfielder Lesedi Kapinga has failed on his tracks to secure a move away from Mamelodi Sundowns. 

Kapinga is reportedly not happy with the lack of game time and subsequently asked the club to release him. 

The former Black Leopards was hoping a move could materialize before the PSL transfer window deadline on Tuesday.

It is believed that most teams were keen on taking the 27-year-old on board but were scared off by the high salary level. 


Kapinga will now have to remain at the star studded Sundowns team to fight for his place, at least until the end of the season. 

The player joined Masandawana in 2020 after a successful stint at Black Leopards. But he has struggled to cement a place at Chloorkop promoting his frustrations. He has managed to feature 40 times in all competitions since joining the club. 

When contacted for a comment regarding a possible move, his agent declined to give clarity on the player’s future. 


It is believed a move to Marumo Gallants was a likely destination for the player via a long move. Orlando Pirates are also known to be admires of the player but Sundowns are unlikely to release the player to their closest rivals. 

Mamelodi Sundowns players
Mamelodi Sundowns players

Meanwhile, Sundowns are said to have loaned out their Academy graduates to Motsepe Foundation Championship side All Stars. 

The players are Keletso Makgalwa, Keletso Makgalwa and Luvuyo Phewa. Makgalwa was recently on loan at TS Galaxy was deemed surplus to requirements after failing to impress during his six months stay.

Mkhuma on the other hand was on the verge of joining Swallows but a FIFA transfer ban jeopardised the move. He was forced to return to Sundowns who have now allowed him to move on and gain more experience.

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