Orlando Pirates might have to look elsewhere in their search for a striker as the Bafana Bafana player who is reportedly the club’s target is not for sale, according to his current employers.
It has been reported by KickOff.com that Pirates have earmarked Maritzburg United striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane, who has made huge progress in his career this past season, for a potential move.
While he was used mostly as a substitute in the early stages of the season after Ernst Middendorp’s return to the Team of Choice, the 20-year-old improved as the season progressed and managed to make 13 starts in 15 matches in the second half of the season.
The club’s development product scored three goals and was influential as the Pietermaritzburg-based team fought its way out of the relegation zone under the German mentor.
All three of Hlongwane’s goals were in crucial victories against TS Galaxy, Chippa United and Golden Arrows respectively, and Pirates are believed to have been impressed with the youngster’s work ethic.
Hlongwane scored his first Bafana goal on Thursday in the 3-2 friendly international win against Uganda at the Orlando Stadium.
With the indications that the Buccaneers are interested in the rising star, Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia says the player is not for sale.
“No, I’m in the dark about that (reported interest from Pirates in Hlongwane),” said Kadodia, speaking to the Siya crew.
“I don’t know, nobody has said that he is interested in him, but the player is not for sale. He is not for sale; do you understand that English?” said the chairman.
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