The Erasmus factor at Pirates

Kermit Erasmus celebrates one of his goals during his first spell at Orlando Pirates
Kermit Erasmus celebrates one of his goals during his first spell at Orlando Pirates
Lefty Shivambu

Kermit Erasmus made a shock return to Orlando Pirates almost seven years since his first spell at the Soweto giants and will be aiming to emulate his impressive performances.

Erasmus has joined Pirates on a two-year deal from Mamelodi Sundowns where he has spent the past two years but recently fell down the pecking order.

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The 32-year-old last featured for Sundowns in April as a late substitute away at Petro de Luanda in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals and was involved in the last 18 games played by the club.

Erasmus registered 29 goals in 72 starts for the Buccaneers during his two-and-a-half year stay.

The Bafana Bafana international was signed in from SuperSport United days after his 23rd birthday arriving alongside Thamsanqa Gabuza and Lennox Bacela under the tutelage of Roger de Sa.

In his first season Erasmus scored eight goals including a brace in the Nedbank Cup final as Pirates won the 2014 edition of the competition.

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He also played in the 2013 CAF Champions League final defeat to Al Ahly.

Pirates also lost the MTN8 and Telkom KnockOut finals of the 2013/14 season losing to Platinum Stars on both instances.  

Erasmus got minutes in both finals.

The next season (2014/15) was his best as he hammered 16 goals in all competitions and was unfortunate to lose out in the MTN8 final to Kaizer Chiefs.

Then in his third year he stayed for half-a-season leaving for French club Stade Rennais in January 2016.

He had scored five goals by then.

Upon his departure he had totaled 98 appearances (72 starts) with a return of 29 goals playing as a secondary striker.

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