'I am so happy' - Makhaula opens up on blockbuster Pirates move

New Orlando Pirates midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula.
New Orlando Pirates midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula.
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New Orlando Pirates midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula has opened up on his blockbuster Transfer Deadline Day move from AmaZulu to The Buccaneers.

After an initial deal understood to see Makhaula join the Buccaneers at the end of the season, a late twist and successful of negotiations between both clubs saw the 33-year-old compete dramatic switch to Pirates.

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The deal was announced by both clubs on Tuesday, the last day of the January transfer window and Makhaula has since spoken out on the the move.

"I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in the country. It’s a dream come true for me," he told Pirates' official website.

"I am looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and helping the club move towards reaching their objectives."

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Makhaula made 83 appearances for Usuthu during his 2-year-stay at the Durban-based club.

"As I begin a new chapter in my career, I cannot do so without paying homage to my former club. To the entire board, the technical team, my teammates and the supporters of Usuthu, thank you all for everything you have done for me," the midfielder added.

The midfielder will add some steel to a Pirates squad that already includes the likes of Miguel Timm, Thabang Monare, Kabelo Dlamini and Ben Motshwari in the heart of midfield.

Bucs' head coach Riveiro could hand Makhaula his debut when The Sea Robbers take on Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

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