Last week, 24-year-old attacking midfielder Collins Makgaka officially completed a dream move to the Johannesburg-based club he supported as a child, Orlando Pirates. Pan-Africa Football spoke by phone with Collins and his agent, Kieran Brown of Sprint Management, to find out more about the move and Makgaka’s journey from a rural town of less than 3,000 people to one of the world’s largest cities.
Kieran Brown explained that the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 led to an extended period of waiting before a move came to fruition. Brown mentioned that several clubs were interested in Collins, but Pirates’s influential chairman, Irvin Khoza, had been monitoring the player for a while. When the club that Collins supported came calling, the prestige and spotlight of playing with Pirates was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. After all, Orlando Pirates was the club where Makgaka’s favorite player, Teko Modise, established his playmaking reputation and began featuring regularly for South Africa’s national team.
Makgaka began his career at Baroka F.C. in Limpopo.
Orlando Pirates have a passionate group of fans popularly known as “The Happy People”.