Siphumelele hails from Harding, a small town in KwaZulu Natal, where according to him, it’s “a place where you don’t stand chances of gaining exposure”. He started his journey with a rural football club called Golden Tigers before joining Malevane Spartak Development. It was in 2013 when Augusto Palacios first spotted the midfielder and swiftly signed him to the club. Mbulu’s work ethic and tenacious nature was enough to see him work his way up the Orlando Pirates Development Academy ladder. Mbulu was promoted to the first team in 2018. Sphu aims to inspire the Happy People and treat each game as if it were a final.
Mbulu visits the church on Sundays and loves watching younger kids play and enjoy football in his free time.