How Irvin Khoza signed Collins Makgaka for Orlando Pirates

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Midfield maestro Collins Makgaka's agent has revealed how Irvin Khoza had been chasing his new Orlando Pirates signing for months during difficult conditions.

When Makgaka's contract at Bakgaga was nearing its end, he received a call from Pirates and referred the club to his overseas-based agent Kieran Brown.

Today the Marble Hall-born player is the Soweto giants' new signing, a move initiated by Khoza himself.

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The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal with The Buccaneers.

"Ya he's got talent you know that Pirates has obviously seen," Brown tells KickOff.com.

"He's done well at Baroka. You know the chairman called me up and said, 'We want Collins as part of our team next season.' You know it's been going on for a while, Collins is very happy.

"We are thankful to Pirates for the opportunity because Collins has actually supported them since he was a young boy. Ya for him playing for his childhood club, it's an amazing opportunity for him. He's excited about the future and hopefully he impresses and makes the plans for the national team. That's our next goal.

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"You know the player got himself that deal with his talent, we just helped open the doors, spoke to the right people. But you know at the end of the day they are signing the player's talent. Now he's got an opportunity to shine in arguably one of the biggest clubs in South Africa."

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Brown says Pirates was not the only club interested in the former Baroka free-kick specialist, who managed one goal and one assist last season.

"There were quite a few teams, but I wouldn't want to name any names because we've got good relationships. Ya there were three teams in total, four including Orlando Pirates," the agent reveals.

"But you know his heart wanted him to play at Pirates and so that's where he went. Collins has been with us since December, but for us dealing with Pirates I think we first got a call back in May, when we first initially started speaking with Pirates. It's been going on for quite a while. It was during the lockdown. That's what made it so difficult."

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The agent also goes some way to explaining why Makgaka only made 13 appearances for Baroka last season, and none since January 2020.

"His contract was coming to an end at Baroka and it was very well publicised that he wasn't going to play the remainder of the season. You know he didn't want to risk injury, that's why he made a decision not to play the remainder of the games for Baroka," Brown explains.

"But you know Baroka they are a great club. Without Baroka, Collins wouldn't be at Pirates today."