OJ Mabizela joins Durban-based Royal Eagles

2015-10-22 06:00

IT’S now official. The Pietermaritzburg-born star defender Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela has joined a new team. The former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain and former Panorama resident Mabizela joined the National First Division (NFD) team Royal Eagles.

The well travelled defender is one of some of the popular SA soccer figures to join this NFD side. Others are former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana star striker Katlego “Killer “Mphela, Dominic Isaacs (former Ajax Cape Town defender) and ex-Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Khethokwakhe Masuku.

Mabizela burst onto professional scenes in 2001 at Pirates. He started his early soccer career with Ashdown Young Bucs (Msunduzi FA) and Maritzburg City (old 2nd Division Vodacom League and First Division MTN League).

He also played for Mamelodi Sundowns and English side Tottenham Hotspurs. Last season he played for AmaZulu who were relegated to NFD at the end of their league campaign in the elite league (PSL).

*Meanhile, Maritzburg United attemps to bring on board the Mamelodi Sundowns second choice goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands have failed. Few weeks ago United’s newly appointed head coach Clive Barker strongly pointed out that the Team of Choice needed to bolster some departments like the goalkeeping one, right back and attacking midfielder.

Namibian goalkeeper Virgil Vries seems to be battling this season between the sticks, conceding 14 goals.

The Team of Choice chairman, Farouk Kadodia, disclosed that the Pretoria-based outfit turned down their request to have Sandilands on loan in the January transfere window.

United played their home fixture at Harry Gwala Stadium last night against Chippa United and their next game will be against Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knock Out on Saturday (October 24) away at Orlando Stadium a 3pm.

Full TKO semi finals fixtures:


Orlando Pirates v Maritzburg Utd at Orlando Stadium at 3pm, Black Aces v Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium at 6pm, SuperSport United v Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium at 8:15pm


Free State Stars v Mamelodi Sundown at Goble Park 3pm

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