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Who is the Zimbabwean starlet on trial at Orlando Pirates?

A 17-year-old Zimbabwean starlet is set for a weeklong trial stint at the DStv premiership giants, Orlando Pirates, it has emerged.

The exciting midfielder, who is currently in the books of Highlanders, is said to have arrived in South Africa on Sunday night ahead of the trials.

Prince Ndlovu will have an opportunity to impress Spanish coach Jose Riveiro from the 20th to the 26th of March.

Last month, Ndlovu, along with Majesa Academy’s attacking midfielder Promise Sithole missed out on a month-long trial stint in Croatia.

They were pencilled to try their luck at a second-tier club, HNK Vukovar 1991, but they were sadly denied visas.

However, Ndlovu has been presented with another golden opportunity to exhibit his credentials, albeit in the DStv Premiership.


Highlanders midfielder Prince Ndlovu
Prince Ndlovu is on trial at Orlando Pirates

Highlanders communication and marketing officer Nozibelo Maphosa is quoted by The Chronicle confirming Ndlovu’s trial stint at the Buccaneers.

“Prince [Ndlovu] is supposed to leave today [Sunday] with an evening flight. He will be on trials from the 20th to the 26th of March,” Maphosa said.

This, however, will not be his first time at Orlando Pirates, having spent two weeks training with the club in January as he waited for a Croatian visa.

Ndlovu was promoted to the Highlanders senior team last year after impressing in the club’s developmental side, Bosso 90.

The Makokoba-bred footballer was one of the youngest players in Zimbabwe’s topflight along with Principe Matope of Black Rhinos.

Highlanders coach Baltermar Brito already bestowed his faith in the youthful player who showed massive potential.

Brito, however, reserved him when they took on ZPC Kariba in their 2023 season-opening match on Sunday.

If Ndlovu makes the grade at Pirates, he will become the second Zimbabwean in the team after striker Terrence Dzvukamanja.

The other Zimbabweans that played for Orlando Pirates most recently include Kudakwashe Mahachi and Marshal Munetsi.

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