Mabokgwane to join Pirates

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According to reports, Mpumalanga Black Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane will be joining Orlando Pirates in a swap-deal involving defender Tshepo Gumede and young goalkeeper Samora Motloung.

It has been reported that Felipe Ovono is on the verge of leaving the Buccaneers, which opens doors for Mabokgwane to re-unite with his former coach Muhsin Ertugal at Pirates.

“Ovono is likely to leave, which opens the door for Mabokgwane and that’s why he (Mabokgwane) is still in Gauteng and not in Cape Town,” said a Sowetan source.

Black Aces has relocated down to Cape Town following the purchase of the team by John Comitis, and some of their players have already moved to the Mother City.

Orlando Pirates will add to their impressive list of signings by acquiring the services of goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper is set to leave Mpumalanga Black Aces, who have moved to Cape Town and will have a new name in the new season.

Sowetan has learnt that Mabokgwane will not be moving down to the Mother City, but will instead join the Buccaneers in a swap deal. Pirates, in turn, will transfer defender Tshepo Gumede and young goalkeeper Samora Motloung to John Comitis’s team.

“It is almost a done deal between Pirates and Aces. Expect confirmation any time from now,” the source revealed yesterday.

Mabokgwane is apparently seen as a replacement for Felipe Ovono, who is apparently set to leave the club as he has seen little action. Brighton Mhlongo has been the preferred option between the sticks.

“Ovono is likely to leave, which opens the door for Mabokgwane, and that’s why he [Mabokgwane] is still here in Gauteng and not in Cape Town,” the source added.

Mabokgwane’s potential move comes just a day after we reported that Pirates are involved in a swap deal with Bidvest Wits.

Wits midfielder Jabulani Shongwe is joining the Buccaneers, while Thandani Ntshumayelo will go the other way.

Pirates already boost impressive new signings after they brought in the likes of Abbubaker Mobara, Riyaad Norodien, Bernard Morrison, Marshall Munetsi and Thabiso Kutumela to the team.

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