Makola: Former Orlando Pirates star joins Polokwane City


After parting ways with Cape Town City in January this year, Mpho Makola has found a new home with Polokwane City in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

Bibo, as Makola is affectionally known in the South African football fraternity, has been training with the Limpopo-based outfit since the beginning of this month and he has impressed the Polokwane technical team led by Duncan Lechesa.

Makola, 36, joined City in 2019 but left by mutual agreement as the technical team felt he was not in their future plans.

During his time with City, he had his run-ins with the PSL law, particularly when the PSL Disciplinary Committee handed him a two-month suspension as a result of his outburst during the Citizens’ MTN8 final loss against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The talented player has been linked with several teams in the Dstv Premiership over the last several weeks, some reports even suggesting he would return to Orlando Pirates to work with coach Jose Riveiro.

He was initially on the verge of a move to Dstv Premiership side Swallows but nothing materialized. He was also linked with a move to KwaZulu-Natal, specifically Maritzburg United.

With Makola being a free agent, he could have joined a team of his choice even outside the January transfer window which closed on January 31, but now he has made his decision.

“Mpho Makola will appear in the colours of Polokwane City this season. His move to the club has been agreed to by all the parties and he has joined as a free agent after leaving Cape Town City. The player’s experience will play a role as the team will be pushing for promotion this season,” said ThisIsFootball.Africa‘s source.

This season, Makola featured in 15 matches in total for the Citizens in all competitions and he previously won the Nedbank Cup with Orlando Pirates in 2013.

Polokwane are top of the Motsepe Foundation Championship log standings with 46 points after 22 games and will entertain Casric Stars on Wednesday, March 15 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h30.

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