Why Pirates abandoned priority goalkeeper target

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Lloyd Kazapua in action against fellow Namibian Peter Shalulile in a recent league match
Lloyd Kazapua in action against fellow Namibian Peter Shalulile in a recent league match
Richard Huggard

Orlando Pirates' decision to not pursue Chippa United’s first-choice goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua has brought a sigh of relief back home in Namibia.

Prior to settling for Sipho Chaine, Pirates had initially targeted Lloyd Kazapua as their priority target to provide further competition in their goalkeeping department which already has Richard Ofori, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Kopano Thuntsane.

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Chaine (25) has largely been a back-up option through the seven years that he has spent in the professional ranks and will take up the same role at Pirates.

However, it is matters related to Kazapua that have been of interest in Namibia.

With Ofori standing as the first-choice keeper at Pirates as he works his way towards playing as first choice at the World Cup for Ghana it would have meant Kazapua has to wait on the bench disrupting the progress that he has made of late in the PSL.

Kazapua (33) has only recently been building up his PSL profile playing the last eleven league games last season and then starting as first choice this season with his showing in the recent defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns a notable performance.

He is also the first-choice goalkeeper of the The Brave Warriors.

"I believe it was best that he stays at Chippa so that he builds on his confidence by playing regularly.

"Moving to Pirates would have probably had financial benefits in the short term but then would have ultimately led to him being frustrated.

"Pirates have a keeper who is going to the World Cup so they need him to be playing and will obviously prioritise him.

"Pirates want to have their goalkeeper playing at the World Cup, so it only makes sense that they give him support.

"Junior (Kazapua) is the first-choice keeper for The Brave Warriors, and it helps that he is playing at his club so it’s better that way regardless of the profile of the club.

"It is a relief for us as Namibians that our keeper has not moved to a club where he will have to sit on the bench," says a source.

At Chippa, Kazapua will now compete with Kewen Prince.

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