Jersey numbers for the Class of 2018 have been finalised.

Orlando Pirates’ first match of the season took place this past weekend with the Buccaneers collecting a point at home against Highlands Park. In that match a player like Augustine Mulenga was sporting a new number on his back on the night and not the number 42 he wore last season.

While this may have raised eyebrows for some, this isn’t a new phenomenon because every season players are issued new numbers while some others prefer to keep their old ones.

The process a team and player go through in selecting a jersey number is an involved one. Typically, numbers are picked based on what is available or based on a particular significance in a player’s life.

For Mulenga, who was signed mid-season last term, the Zambian international reunites with the number 17 jersey he currently wears in the national team.

Other notable changes this season are those of midfielder Xola Mlambo, who now wears the number 20 jersey, and forward Justin Shonga replaces his 27 for the more familiar number 12 jersey which he also wears in the Zambian national team.

Here is the full list below:

1 Brilliant Khuzwayo

2 Ntsikelelo Nyauza

3 Thembinkosi Lorch

4 Happy Jele

5 Mpho Makola

6 Gladwin Shitolo

7 Kudakwashe Mahachi

8 Thabo Matlaba

11 Luvuyo Memela

12 Justin Shonga

14 Musa Nyatama

15 Thabo Qalinge

16 Jackson Mabokgwane

17 Augustine Mulenga

18 Abbubaker Mobara

19 Lyle Foster

20 Xola Mlambo

23 Innocent Maela

24 Thabiso Kutumela

27 Ben Motshwari

28 Mthokozisi Dube

29 Paseka Mako

30 Wayne Sandilands

31 Thamsanqa Gabuza

32 Linda Mntambo

33 Marshall Munetsi

34 Justice Chabalala

35 Diamond Thopola

37 Asavela Mbekile

38 Augustine Mahlonoko

39 Phetso Maphanga

40 Siyabonga Mphontshane

42 Meshack Maphangule

44 Abel Mabaso

45 Vincent Pule





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