Orlando Pirates news: Jean-Marc Makusu is one of the greatest strikers in DRC history

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The 28-year-old striker looked set for a lucrative move to Botola side RS Berkane last year in a deal worth R7-million after accepting a three-year contract worth R500 000 per month.

As one of the leading strikers on the continent with 27 league goals scored in the 2018/19 Linafoot, added to the five goals in eight CAF Champions League games, his career looked set for new heights.

However, a horrific leg break ended his transfer to the Moroccan side that lifted the Confederation Cup this season and he has only recently returned to full fitness after missing the entire 2019/20 campaign.

But DRC football analyst Junior Kiaku believes his injury nightmare won't deter his ambitions to fulfil his potential and claims Pirates have secured one of the nation's greatest-ever strikers.

10. Oussama Darragi - 14 goals in 47 games (Wydad
10. Oussama Darragi - 14 goals in 47 games (Wydad and Club Africain)
9. Yannick N'Djeng - 15 goals in 39 games (Esperan
9. Yannick N'Djeng - 15 goals in 39 games (Esperance)
8. Mohamed Barakat - 17 goals in 68 games (Al Ahly
8. Mohamed Barakat - 17 goals in 68 games (Al Ahly)
7. Edward Sadomba - 18 goals in 43 games (Al Ahli
7. Edward Sadomba - 18 goals in 43 games (Al Ahli and Al Hilal)
6. Dioko Kaluyituka - 18 goals in 33 games (TP Maz
6. Dioko Kaluyituka - 18 goals in 33 games (TP Mazembe)
5. Mbwana Samatta - 20 goals in 40 games (Simba an
5. Mbwana Samatta - 20 goals in 40 games (Simba and TP Mazembe)
4. Flavio - 21 goals in 54 games (Petro Luanda and
4. Flavio - 21 goals in 54 games (Petro Luanda and Al Ahly)
3. Emad Motaeb - 24 goals in 74 games (Al Ahly)
3. Emad Motaeb - 24 goals in 74 games (Al Ahly)
2. Tresor Mputu - 27 goals in 55 games (TP Mazembe
2. Tresor Mputu - 27 goals in 55 games (TP Mazembe Kabuscorp)
1. Mohamed Aboutrika - 31 goals in 88 games (Al Ah
1. Mohamed Aboutrika - 31 goals in 88 games (Al Ahly)
Scroll through the gallery to see the top 10 score
Scroll through the gallery to see the top 10 scorers in CAF Champions League history.

"This is a great way for Makusu to get back to the great footballer he was as he was on a serious run of form before he broke his leg that's kept him off the field for over a year now," Kiaku tells KickOff.com.

"Makusu is one of the best strikers we ever had. When we talk about strikers, we talk about finishers, killers but also technical ones who know how to position themselves, how to dribble and beat defenders one-v-one.

"In that category, we have [Dieumerci] Mbokani who's excellent then you have Makusu. These two are the most complete strikers Congo has ever had.

"His move to Orlando Pirates can only be beneficial to him and hopefully he can replicate what he did with Vita Club in South Africa."

Makusu has experience of top-flight football in Congo, Hungary, Belgium and Egypt – with an exceptional record of 18 goals in 24 CAF inter-club competition appearances.