JOHANNESBURG: Pirates made nine signing during this year’s transfer windows and look prepared for the next campaign.
Following Orlando Pirates’ announcement of signing 9 players, there are players amongst this nine that Buccaneers really needed in their squad going into the 2018/19 season where they will also play in the CAF Champions League.
Amongst Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ben Motswari, Vincent Pule, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Asavela Mbekile, Abel Mabaso, Paseka Mako, Linda Mntambo and Meshack Maphangule, we take a look at the top 5 players who Pirates had to sign.
Since the passing of Senzo Meyiwa years ago, the Buccaneers have been struggling to find a commanding goalkeeper to fill the void that was left. Khuzwayo was definitely a must sign after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs where he spent many years overshadowed by Itumeleng Khune. He will definitely find it easy to be Pirates’ number one.
Mbekile is one of the strongest players in the PSL and will definitely have an effect for Bucs going into next season comfortably as he is familiar with the work of Rhulani Mokwena while at Mamelodi Sundowns. He is a valuable asset as he can play as a defender and as a defensive midfielder.
The former Sundowns winger has been a target for the Buccaneers for a long time and his move comes at the right time as Bucs need a winger of his skill to fill in the space left by Thabo Rakhale and also add depth for Milutin Sredejovic on the wings.
Pirates’ defense has been a matter of concern and Mabaso’s arrival will add stability to their defense. The 28-year-old defender is an experienced cookie who broke through the Sundowns youth ranks years ago and has had a consistent career, something that makes him one to reckon with.
After being beaten by Sundowns to Andile Jali’s signature, Motswari is that perfect alternative as he will add more depth in midfield at the club and keep Musa Nyatama and former Bidvest Wits teammate Xoli Mlambo on their toes for a place in the starting line up.
- By Isaac Ndou (additional editing by Siboniso Mawandla)