Age Is But a Number for Rooi Mahamutsa, Former Orlando Pirates Player Signs for TS Sporting at Age 40

Age Is But a Number for Rooi Mahamutsa, Former Orlando Pirates Player Signs for TS Sporting at Age 40

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Former Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa has made a return to professional football at the age of 40
  • Mahamutsa recently signed with GladAfrica Championship side, TS Sporting, until the end of the season
  • Former Orlando Pirates player, Rooi Mahamutsa was last contracted to play for Ajax Cape Town in 2020

Rooi Mahamutsa is turning back the years and proving that he still has what it takes to be a professional footballer at the age of 40.

The former Orlando Pirates defender has signed a deal with the GladAfrica Championship side, TS Sporting.

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Former Orlando Pirates defender, Rooi Mahamutsa, has returned to professional football at the age of 40. Image: Lefty Shivambu/ Alexander Joe
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KickOff reported that Mahamutsa had agreed on a deal with the club until the end of the season. He will also be working with former Pirates teammate, Benson Mhlongo, who is the current coach of TS Sporting.

Mahamutsa debuted for his new team in a 2-1 loss to Swallows in the Nedbank Cup this past weekend.

Before signing for the Mbombela side, Mahamutsa’s last professional outing was with Ajax Cape Town in 2020. Sadly Covid19 brought the season to a halt midway through, and Mahamutsa’s appearances were limited with the squad, Sowetan LIVE reported.

After his time ended with Ajax, Mahamutsa was next seen playing for Gomora FC in the 2020 Snekeneke Pre-Festive Games, Goal.Com confirmed.

TS Sporting will be hoping that Mahamutsa’s experience will help them avoid relegation. The team are currently in the safe zone, but only have Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos below them on the table.

Mahamutsa spent eight years at the Sowetan giants, Orlando Pirates, before signing for Free State Stars.

Orlando Pirates coach Ncikazi suggests PSL is bigger than AFCON to explain Gabadinho Mhango's Exclusion

In other news relating to the Buccaneers, Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi made a suggestion that sent many tongues wagging in local football circles, Sports Brief had earlier reported.

Ncikazi, speaking in the aftermath of Orlando Pirates' 1-0 win over Amazulu in the Nedbank Cup, casually exclaimed that the Premier Soccer League could be bigger than the African Cup of Nations. This was to contextualise why red-hot striker Gabadinho Mhango was left out of the starting lineup

Ncikazi made the comments to SuperSport's Phumlani Msibi in a post-match interview. Mhango had an excellent outing in Cameroon, helping the team escape the group stage for the very first time in the country's history.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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