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MANDLA Sithole started his professional football career at Orlando Pirates in the early 1980s.
Football was not full-time professional at the time so he also worked at EMI Records.
Sithole earned the nickname "Metroblitz" while he was still a pupil at Kelokitso High School because he was such a fast runner.
At Pirates, the striker played alongside stars such as Kagiso "Zero" Mogale, Albert "Bashin" Mahlangu; the late Eric "Chippa" Chauke, and Ernest "Botsotso" Makhanya.
In 1988 he created the winning goal in the team's 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the inaugural Bob Save Super Bowl final at Ellis Park Stadium.
Sithokle stopped playing professional soccer in 1992 after sustaining an injury to his heel. He currently coaches the club's Legends team.