Orlando Pirates legend Jomo Sono has dismissed suggestions that Monnapule Saleng should be given the No.10 jersey at the club.

The No.10 jersey at Pirates was retired at Sono’s request, and chairman Dr Irvin Khoza acceded to it without any problems.

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This was done in honour of Sono for his dedication, contribution and performances to Pirates during his playing career.

The last player to wear the No.10 jersey at Pirates was Steve Lekoelea, and since then, no player was ever allocated the number.

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Now, speaking to Robert Marawa on Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) on Friday, Sono said there is still no player that deserves the No.10 jersey at Pirates and he explained why.

“At this point in time, there is no one because the Jomo they are talking about… the one who used to wear the No.10 jersey, was unique, he was different,” said Sono.

“He was skillful, he was a hardworker, he could score goals from anywhere. I heard somebody saying, ‘Saleng scored a goal that Jomo never scored’,” he narrated.

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“But Jomo and Professor Ngubane scored 10 similar goals to that one (of Saleng against AmaZulu). Even worse, sometimes it was from the corner kick straight into the net.”

“So, there is no one you can compare (to Jomo) now. If you look at Jomo, he used to play with both feet, the player they want to compare (with Jomo) plays with one foot,” added Sono.


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