Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head of development Augusto Palacios has revealed a bit about Thabiso Monyane's progress through the ranks after making his debut in the 3-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic.
Monyane was recently promoted from the Buccanneers' youth academy and thrust straight into the starting line-up for the Absa Premiership opener where he did not disappoint.
And Palacios has high hopes for the 19-year-old and expects him to follow in the footsteps of Gift Leremi and Lebohang Mokoena, who rose the through the ranks of the Sea Robbers' academy.
"He came here when he was 11 years old. He went through all the development stages at Pirates. He has played for both the under-17 and under-20 national teams and was at the World Cup in Poland," explains Palacios.
"Due to his involvement in international games, he has the experience of playing in top-flight football. He can play both as a winger and striker. He is skilful, quick, fast. He is athletic. He is a well-groomed boy and well supported by his family.
"I believe he has the talent to take his football career to another level. He needs to keep his confidence high and continue to work hard. He played with Lyle Foster and it's also great to see him graduating to the senior team."
Pirates shift their focus to the CAF Champions League on Saturday, August 10 for a preliminary round first leg clash against Green Eagles.