Orlando Pirates FC is a South African professional football club based in Houghton, Johannesburg. This club plays in the South African first division – the Premier Soccer League (PSL) – with a team made up of some of the finest footballers in South African football. Their team squad includes Thembinkosi Lorch and Siphesihle Ndlovu. The Buccaneers, as they are fondly called by their fans, also have a well-decorated trophy cabinet as they have won many converted trophies in the division. Their trophy haul includes trophies from the Telkom Knockout, MTN 8, CAF Champions League, and PSL Championships, to mention a few.
Every time the Bucs are on the pitch, you can’t help but notice the team spirit and the exceptional talents on display; no wonder many Orlando Pirates stars also feature for the South African national team, the Bafana Bafana. However, these superstar football players are not just good at playing football. Many of them are also good at picking out beautiful women.
As superstars, fans are always interested in knowing all there is to know about them. However, one thing that is common with most Orlando Pirates players is the fact that they keep their private life away from the public domain. However, some would post pictures of their significant other on social media and gush about them. In this post, we have combed through the lives of Orlando Pirates players, and we can reveal some details of their private and relationship lives.
Women Consider Football Stars To Be Good-Looking – Both Physically And Financially
There is a general feeling that footballers are among the sexiest men on earth. This assumption may stem from the fact that football players go all out to take care of their bodies to be fit on the pitch and ensure career longevity. And Orlando Pirates players are not an exception to this assumption.
The Bucs are among the most physically fit team in the PSL, and even though they keep fit for their careers, it does not stop the women from drooling over them. Throw in the mega-money they make from doing what they love and the affluence most of them showcase, and you will see why beautiful women may be attracted to them.
The market value of these football players runs into millions of rands, and on the Orlando Pirates team, Thulani Hlatshwayo, who plays as a center back, is the player with the highest market value at $1.43 million. However, this article is not about the net worth of these football stars but about the women they are attracted to – wives or girlfriends – because we know there will be so many who would want to make them theirs.
Here are the women in the lives of Orlando Pirates players. Any player not contained in this list is either single or has managed to keep their private life under the wraps, so much that nothing is known about their wives or girlfriends.
1. Siyabonga Mpontshane – Married But His Wife’s Name Is Unknown
Siyabonga Mpontshane is one of the oldest players of the Buccaneers. Since 2015, he has been a goalkeeper for the club. He is very active on social media and loves to show off his beautiful wife and amazing family. But except for the pictures of her that he uploads, nothing much is known about her. From the heartwarming captions he always writes whenever he uploads a photo of her, you can tell he is so in love with her, and he celebrates her birthday on the 8th of March every year.
There is no information regarding when they got married. The couple is also not known to have been involved in any marital scandal. Their union is blessed with two lovely children called Cairo and Ndalo. The Orlando Pirates goalie is also fond of sharing pictures of himself and his daughters, who he is proud of, on his social media pages.
2. Thulani Hlatshwayo – Married to Kenosi Masegela
When you hear black is gold, Thulani Hlatshwayo’s good looks is an appropriate definition of that, but the soccer star is taken already. ‘Tyson,’ as he is fondly called, got married to the love of his life, Kenosi Masegela, with who he had been in a long-term relationship in 2017. The private traditional wedding took place in Soweto. Despite being a private event, it was attended by some of the big names in the South Africa soccer industry, like Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Ibusiso Khumalo.
Without making a prior announcement to members of the public that he would be getting married, Tyson surprised everyone when he shared pictures of his white wedding shortly after his traditional wedding. Though the white wedding was a closed event, from the pictures uploaded on social media, we could see that his wife was wearing a beautiful sleeveless white ball wedding dress, while he was dressed like a gentleman in a white suit.
As private as Thulani is, he does not fail to gush about his beautiful wife on social media, and fortunately for the couple, their marriage is blessed with two lovely children and has never been known to be involved in any form of scandal.
3. Paseka Mako – In A Relationship With Hope Madisha
Paseka Mako started playing for Orlando Pirates in 2018. The football star plays as a defender but is not just good at playing football and stopping the opposing players from scoring, but he is also very romantic. Though he is not married, he is known to spoil his beautiful girlfriend with good things and what’s more is that despite being a private person, he still creates time to express his love for her on social media.
One of the most romantic public shows of affection between the two was a video the sister of his love interest, Makgafela Hope Madisha, uploaded on Facebook, which showed the Orlando Pirates defender carrying a bouquet of beautiful flowers and some gift items which he presented to his girlfriend while dancing to a love song.
Paseka is not always known to share pictures of his girlfriend often, but it is evident that he is still so romantic and is investing a lot of time and effort into his relationship. We know this because from time to time, his girlfriend, Hope Madisha, takes to social media to say some kind words to him whenever she uploads a picture of him.
4. Thabang Monare – Relationship With The Mother Of His Daughter Unknown
Thabang Monare is an Orlando Pirates midfielder who joined the club in 2020. He is not just a good footballer but is also good-looking with an awesome fashion sense. As much as it is possible for him, Thabang keeps his private life away from the public domain.
But the joy of being a father looks like something that he is so overwhelmed about and couldn’t keep to himself; as such, he does not fail to regularly upload pictures of his lovely daughter. Seeing that he has a daughter, there will undoubtedly be a woman in the picture – either as a wife, girlfriend, partner, or baby mama. However, he is yet to reveal the nature of the relationship he has with the mother of his daughter.
5. Onassis Linda Mntambo – Married To Thando Mntambo
Linda Mntambo’s fame, career success, good looks, and body build puts him in place to be the spec of so many women, but the handsome attacking midfielder is already taken. He is married to his beautiful wife called Thando Mntambo, but sadly, there is no information regarding when they got married and how they met. From the pictures he uploads on social media, you can tell both of them have some things in common, and that is a great fashion sense and love for having a good body which is why they exercise together.
Mntambo, who is so proud of his wife, does not fail to upload pictures of her on social media from time to time and photographs of his three amazing children with whom their union is blessed. Despite his tight schedule as a footballer, he still tries to create bonding time for his family.
6. Thembinkosi Lorch – Was Involved With Nokuphiwa Mathithibala
Of all the Orlando Pirates stars on our list so far, Thembinkosi Lorch seems to be the one with the most open relationship history. Still, just like others, he is also good-looking, and he is said to have an eye for beautiful women. Lorch’s relationship life and history have not been open to the public because he wants it to be private. On the contrary, he is a private person who keeps his relationship secret.
However, it was revealed in September 2020, to the surprise of everyone, that he had been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, revealed to be Nokuphiwa Mathithibala, after she opened an assault case against him. Following his arrest, he was released on a bail term of R2,000 from the police station at Midrand, Johannesburg.
After going back and forth on the case from September 2020 to January 2021, it was withdrawn, and the prosecutor requested that the police continue with further investigations. Barely six months after the withdrawal of the assault case against him by his ex-girlfriend, Lorch was already rumored to have gotten into another relationship with the South African actress, Natasha Thahane.
This rumor sparked off after both of them shared pictures where they individually had a vacation. Judging from the fact that both images came simultaneously, social media users quickly concluded that they were both in a relationship. But in an Instagram live video, Lorch debunked this rumor, claiming he was not in a relationship with Natasha Thahane. Still, he didn’t disclose who his girlfriend is.
7. Maliele Vincent Pule – Married But Wife’s Name Unknown
When we say Maliele Vincent Pule is another good-looking player on the team, it looks like all Orlando Pirates players who have girlfriends or wives are handsome, but that looks like the obvious fact from the looks of things. Maliele is also very private about his life beyond the field, but when you have a gorgeous wife like his, you can’t blame him for wanting to flaunt her on social media from time to time. Despite always flaunting her on social media, he still keeps some information about her away from the public, including her name.
While celebrating her birthday on the 27th of March 2018, he took the time to express his love and gratitude to her. The romantic couple is blessed with a son who was born on the 27th of December 2018. As you should expect, a son born by a handsome father and a beautiful mother would undoubtedly be handsome.
8. Gabadinho Mhango – Current Relationship With The Mother Of His Daughter Unknown
Gabadinho Mhango is a striker who joined the Orlando Pirates football team in the 2019/2020 PSL season. Not much is known about his current relationship involvement. However, we know he has a daughter who he says means the world to him. In the past, he was said to have been in a relationship with the mother of his daughter.
As of this writing, we can’t say for sure whether he is still in a relationship with his baby mama or not, seeing that he no longer uploads pictures of her on social media as he used to.
9. Zakhele Lepasa – Relationship With The Mother Of His Son Unknown
Zakhele Lepasa is an Orlando Pirates player once reported to have been called ‘useless‘ in a video by a lady suspected to be his girlfriend. It was also reported by Opera News that he lost a loved one who also happens to be his girlfriend.
The footballer, who is not married as of the time of this writing, has a son he is so fond of flaunting on social media, but it is unknown whether or not the lady who is deceased now is also the mother of his child. So far, Zakhele keeps the identity of his baby mama off the public domain and is currently not known to be in a relationship with anyone. Most reports say that he is married to his career.