Pirates' attitude sits as a large anomaly where other Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams should regularly be in the line for honours.
The team offer their opponents much more midfield space, a chance to dominate them in the centre of the field and a defence that has looked rickety.
The PSL clubs with the deepest pockets promise to be the stars but history is a lesson in caution.
The PSL transfer window opens next week and some clubs will be looking abroad for new players.
After two decades of using expat coaches, Amakhosi have finally opted for a local. Can Komphela deliver?
The upcoming World Cup is the latest chapter in a narrative of disappointment for SA's women.
Despite a dominating title win, Amakhosi have much wheeling and dealing to do before next season.
Dutchman Alje Schut is to play his last game in South Africa.
The image of the stylish golden boy of South African football's golden age will live on.
Mamelodi Sundowns have imploded, opening the door for two other clubs to bump them out of second place.