Orlando Pirates transfers not yet complete, more set to sign and leave

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Felipe Ovono and Siyabonga Mpontshane are the two keepers set to leave following the capture of Bafana Bafana international Jackson Mabokgwane from Cape Town City.

As this website reported more than a week ago, Myeni is the most high-profile player not in new coach Muhsin Ertugral’s plans, while midfielder Lehlohonolo Masalesa is another. Ertugral is still assessing the balance of his squad as he takes the squad through pre-season training.

Another source close the club has now leaked further information to snl24.com/kickoff.

“Pirates had 20 players who are released and I saw the list and there was Mpontshane, there was Ovono, there was Ntshumayelo, there was Masalesa, there was Zikalala. All these players have been released but Pirates are playing this undercover, including Sifiso Myeni,” says the source.

“There is also Mwape Musonda, Menzi Masuku … I’m sure you know he went to Chippa United but he was denying it, and Majoro is amongst those players to be let go as well.”

Pirates announced in midweek that the following players are leaving the club: Thembinkosi Lorch, Mpho Mvelase and Maselaelo Seanego, Menzi Masuku, Jacky Motshegwa, Marshall Munetsi (new signing) and Mbongeni Gumede.

Zambian striker Mwape Musonda and goalkeeper Philani Zikalala – who were both on loan at Golden Arrows last season – are also set to be offloaded as Bucs continue their shopping spree. Gladwin Shitolo's future is also still to be decided and he could return to Arrows on loan. 

The following players have been signed or are still set to formalise their transfers: Mahlatsi Makudubela, Thabiso Kutumela, Bernard Morrison, Riyaad Norodien, Lindokuhle Mtshali, Siphelele Zikalala, Abbubaker Mobara, Donald Mokondelela, Jackson Mabokgwane, Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Justice Chabalala, Sello Japhta, Ayanda Nkosi

Pirates had also signed Nigerian defender James Okwuosa on a pre-contract back in January but the player has since gone back to Chippa United following a change of heart, either from the player or the club.