Orlando Pirates' administrative manager, Floyd Mbele, has announced that there will be no new additions to our squad as the transfer window reaches its final hours.
So far, we have brought in Kamohelo Mabuya (African Warriors), Thabo Qalinge from Mpumalanga Black Aces, Gladwin Shitolo (Jomo Cosmos), as well as Issa Sarr from Platinum Stars.
In turn, we have parted ways with up to nine players, leaving our squad at a reasonable size for this new campaign.
“We’re done with signing new players for now. We’re also not be releasing any players. The only thing that’s left now is for the players that have not yet gotten any game time to fight for their places in the team,” said Mbele.
I am quite pleased with this. Our boys seem to be coping exceptionally well so far this season, having made the MTN8 final and earning our first league win in the midweek.
In total, we have won five games, drawn three and lost just once. We have a squad of 29 players and that is an adequate sized squad capable of competing in all the competitions.
On top of that, each department is sorted. In goals, Senzo Meyiwa commands the number one place, while our full-back positions with Thabo Matlaba and Happy Jele are in great form.
We have great depth in the central pairing area that has even allowed VV to leave Rooi Mahamutsa or Lucky Lekgwathi on the bench.
Our midfield is packed with quality from Thandani Ntshumayelo, Qalinge, Sarr, Sifiso Myeni, and Daine Klate to Mpho Makola.
Up front, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus seem to have found their stride, while Helder Pelembe, Lennox Bacela and Thamsanqa Gabuza still haven’t received much game time.
Overall, we have plenty of quality and added depth to our squad that we really don’t need any more arrivals. Now to get the action going in full force.