Orlando Pirates may have finally pushed the Richard Ofori deal over the line, but indications are that they still have their eye on another top goalkeeper.
As reported in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, shot-stopper Siyabonga Mbatha is approaching the final six months of his AmaZulu contract and had initially been linked with a move to the Buccaneers.
He told the Siya crew in July that Usuthu had exercised the one-year option on his deal, which would take his stay at the club to the end of the current season – adding that, as far as he was aware, there had been no formal approach from the Buccaneers.
Ofori had always been Pirates’ first preference, though Brandon Petersen was also on their radar following the sale of Bidvest Wits.
Now, with Siyabonga Mpontshane’s future up in the air and his deal also running out in July 2021, Mbatha’s own contract status change could alert Pirates.
If they had pushed to get him to move to Gauteng during this current transfer window, it is likely they would have had to pay a fee to AmaZulu, unless there was another player involved in the exchange.
But with Mbatha free to open talks with any club of his choice from January, and his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Buccaneers could reignite their interest – especially if they can land the keeper on a free.
Pirates also released Joris Delle, and Wayne Sandilands, relegated to second choice with the arrival of Ofori from Maritzburg United, appears to have also been given a one-year extension to his contract.
Story by @supejourno
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