Orlando Pirates’ signings so far … as of 21 June 2016
Orlando Pirates made their first major announcements with regards to new signings on Tuesday, while others are done but have not yet been announced…
Since chairman Irvin Khoza has officially got the ball rolling this off-season, here is a list of the transfer business done at Mayfair so far, as well as deals that are in the pipeline.
Muhsin Ertugral (head coach, from Black Aces) – done deal, announced by club.
Abbubaker Mobara (from Ajax Cape Town) – all but done, transfer agreed between clubs.
Riyaad Norodien (from Ajax Cape Town) – all but done, transfer agreed between clubs.
Bernard Morrison (from AS Vita Club) – done deal, as confirmed by KickOff.com, announced by club.
Marshall Munetsi (from FC Cape Town) – done, as revealed by KickOff.com
, not yet announced.
Thabiso Kutumela (from Baroka FC) – done, confirmed by the player himself and Baroka FC coach, not yet announced.
James Okwuosa (from Chippa United) – deal offered, not yet confirmed.
Steven Pienaar (free agent) – in contract negotiations, announced by the club.
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) – clubs negotiating, with competition from Mamelodi Sundowns
Back from loan:
Out on loan (still to hold Pirates talks):
Also signed this year (January 2016):
Sandile Mthethwa (from KZN Football Academy)
Brian Hlongwa (from KZN Football Academy)
Expected to leave:
Lehlohonolo Majoro – deal claimed by Celtic, not yet announced
Future in doubt:
Orlando Pirates agree fee for Bernard Morrison
Orlando Pirates have finally agreed a fee with AS Vita for the services of Bernard Morrison.
The Buccaneers have been chasing the Ghanaian midfielder for some time following his exploits in the CAF Champions League.
They had an initial R3-million offer turned down by the Congolese club, but KickOff.com has learnt that The Buccaneers returned with a better offer which has since been accepted.
“It’s done deal,” a source says. “The boy took it upon himself and spoke to the General [AS Vita] and asked to be sold. He always wanted to play for Orlando Pirates and his dream has come true.
“He has gone home to Ghana to sort the issue of his passport and he should be in South Africa in two weeks’ time.”
Morrison yesterday told KickOff.com that he was relishing the opportunity of playing for Bucs.
“The PSL is a big league. I’m very excited about the opportunity of coming down to South Africa and playing for a big team like Pirates.”
Nyasha ‘Marshall’ Munetsi signs for Orlando Pirates from FC Cape Town PSL transfer news
KickOff.com can reveal that Orlando Pirates have secured the services of FC Cape Town midfielder Nyasha ‘Marshall’ Munetsi in a multi-million rand, five-year deal deal.
The 19-year-old Zimbabwean arrived in South Africa from the Friendly Academy in Harare, which was only started in 2012, and recently had a trial spell with Pirates.
Needless to say, FC Cape Town have received a handsome and quick return on their investment they acquired about a year ago, whom they once described as being ‘in the mould of Yaya Toure’.
Errol Dicks, owner of the African Beasts, confirms the news of his departure and says no price can be put on the change it will bring about to another individual’s life.
“We spotted him [Munetsi] in Harare and obviously saw he’s got some potential we could work with. He came to us and flourished,” Dicks tells KickOff.com.
“We as the club are sincerely happy for him and his family, they come from humble beginnings.”
Dicks remained mum on which club Munetsi is joining due to the confidentiality contract he signed, but this website has gathered that Munetsi will be a Buccaneer next season.
The player was on a gentle stroll in the leafy suburb of Plattekloof in the northern suburbs of Cape Town when he was tracked down for comment.
“It’s through the grace of God I have achieved this,” Munetsi says.
“It is a great honour for me to play for a big club with a rich history. I thank my teammates as well as all the management and staff for their support and belief in me.
“This mean a lot to me and my family. I’m really excited about my new challenges.”