Orlando Pirates step up Steven Pienaar pursuit



LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Steven Pienaar of Everton poses with fans as he arrives at the stadium for the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on January 24, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Orlando Pirates have formally stepped up their pursuit of Steven Pienaar, who is expected to decide his future in the next 10 days.

KickOff.com has gathered that Pienaar’s representatives met with Pirates yesterday about the possibility of the former Everton midfielder coming to Mayfair next season.

“The subject was discussed [while completing Abbubaker Mobara’s contract negotiations] with Pirates. There is interest but everything is still premature,” reveals agent Rob Moore.

“He is still to make up his made mind whether he wants to go back to Europe or come back to South Africa. We should know where Steven Pienaar will be playing in the next 10 days,” Moore adds.

The former Bafana Bafana captain, 34, is a free agent and also has the unlikely option of finishing his career back at Cape Town City, where his former mentor John Comitis is the owner.

Orlando Pirates have confirmed they have concluded an agreement with Abbubaker Mobara that ends speculation the player could head to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates announced last week they had agreed a fee with Ajax Cape Town for the services of Mobara and Riyaad Norodien, but had yet to conclude personal terms with the players.

Sundowns reportedly then enquired about Mobara, but Pirates have moved quickly to conclude the deal.

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“I am pleased to welcome Abbubaker Mobara to the club. Contractual negotiations went ahead quickly and smoothly between the club and the player’s representatives,” Khoza told his club’s website.

“We would like to particularly thank [Mobara’s agent] Rob Moore for the professional approach he displayed on this matter.”

John Comitis keen to sign Steven Pienaar for Cape Town City

Cape Town City owner John Comitis tells KickOff.com he has set his sights on signing free agent and Orlando Pirates target Steven Pienaar to bolster his newly acquired PSL team.

Comitis unveiled his new club’s name, logo and colours at an official launch at Cape Town Stadium today, and confirmed he will try to sign the former Bafana Bafana captain.

Pienaar was last set for talks with Pirates and is a considering a move back to South Africa following several years at Everton in England.

“If Steven Pienaar is prepared to drop his salary requirements by a zero, his signing is definitely something we would do,” Comitis tells KickOff.com.

“I’d love to bring Steven back to where it all started for him, remember I signed him for Ajax Cape Town in 2000 and used to advise him, so it would be fitting if he returns to finish his career in Cape Town.”

Comitis has retained 14 players which he called the “cream of the crop” from the Mpumalanga Black Aces team that Muhsin Ertugral led to fourth place in the Absa Premiership last season.

Among those 14 are 11 players that made the first plane trips down – Lehlohonolo Nonyane, Mpho Matsi, Sibusiso Masina, Vincent Kobola, Bhongolwethu Jayiya, Given Mashikinya, Aubrey Ngoma, Lebogang Manyama, Thabo Nodada, Nana Akosah-Bempah and Shu-Aib Walters.

Article by: Zola Doda