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Highly-Rated Keeper Linked With Pirates, Ex-Buccaneer Approves

A former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper has weighed in on Veli Mothwa's transfer talk as a decision is expected to be made on the future of AmaZulu and Bafana Bafana shot-stopper in the coming weeks.

Mothwa is nearing the end of his contract with Usuthu, having arrived at the Durban-based club in 2020 from Chippa United.

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Following his stellar performances, having kept 13 clean sheets in KwaZulu-Natal giants’ 2021/22 DStv Premiership campaign with one game to go, Mothwa has had his name added to Pirates’ list of targets as the CAF Confederation Cup finalists are advancing their plans for next season, as reported in edition 1274 of Soccer Laduma.

Mothwa has kept clean sheets in six consecutive matches since Brandon Truter was appointed as interim coach of AmaZulu and has been included in Hugo Broos’ 37-man preliminary Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. 

Former Pirates goalkeeper, Thabani Stemmer, believes that Mothwa would add value to the Soweto giants.

“I think Veli Mothwa is a very solid goalkeeper, and he has also gained valuable experience by playing in the Champions League for AmaZulu. He looks composed and he’s got the arrogance that is needed from a player who believes in his abilities. He proved himself at Chippa and has taken his game to another level at AmaZulu. His handling is impressive, and he is good at shot-stopping. He is one of the goalkeepers that I rate very highly,” said Stemmer, speaking to the Siya crew.

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“He would make it at Pirates. He was playing regularly at Chippa and did well and he is playing regularly at AmaZulu and doing well and that is what is needed for a player to join Pirates. Playing in Africa is not easy and the experience he’s got in the Champions League will help him to further improve. Yes, there’s been a few games in that he made mistakes like everyone else but that doesn’t mean he is not good, and he would make it at Pirates. He would survive at Pirates,” said Stemmer. 

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