While he does undoubtedly form part of the club’s long-term plans, the Siya crew understands that Orlando Pirates could send one of their talented playmakers out on loan.
Kabelo Dlamini is clearly part of Zinnbauer’s plans and has made three substitute appearances already this season, although he is yet to start a match.
It is understood that Pirates’ management value the Stars of Africa Academy graduate highly, and see him forming part of the club’s future plans, but feel he lacks the necessary experience to command a regular first team spot at the moment.
Pirates want the 24-year-old to enjoy regular game-time and, to achieve this, the club may look to send him out on loan for the 2020/21 season.
A huge factor in the player’s lack of game-time is the Soweto giants’ packed central midfield, which currently consists of Siphesihle Ndlovu, Ben Motshwari, Fortune Makaringe and Linda Mntambo. Meanwhile, the club has roped in the likes of Nkanyiso Zungu, Collins Makgaka and, more recently, Thabang Monare - all of whom are ahead of Dlamini in the pecking order.
In his debut season, he was used most as an impact player, making 11 appearances off the bench, while managing five league starts for the Buccaneers, with Fortune Makaringe and Ben Motshwari being the preferred central midfield partnership for coach Josef Zinnbauer.
There has been talk in the fraternity that the man from Daveyton could re-join his former club, Bloemfontein Celtic, who are progressing well under the guidance of coach John Maduka, though could do with a player of Dlamini’s pedigree.
Dlamini joined the Buccaneers on a three-year deal at the start of the 2019/20 season after some impressive displays for Bloemfontein Celtic the season before.
Bucs have until November 30, when the transfer window slams shut, to decide on Shuffle’s future.
Check out Pirates’ squad for the 2020/21 season: