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Pirates Star Targeted To Replace Chiefs-Bound Striker?

News reaching the Siya crew is that one of the strikers from the current Orlando Pirates squad is attracting interest from the DStv Premiership. 

Despite his injury troubles which led to him missing the better part of the season, Zakhele Lepasa is believed to be attracting interest in the league and with Chippa United among clubs said to have been monitoring him.

Read: Chiefs To Invade Chippa For Players?

After over 12 months since he fractured his ankle in December 2020, Lepasa finally made his return for the Buccaneers this season as a second half substitute in the league match against AmaZulu in December.

Since then, the 25-year-old has made three other league appearances, played two games in the Nedbank Cup and has two appearances under his name in the CAF Confederation Cup.

With Chippa expected to lose some of the players from their current squad at the end of the season, including Cameroonian striker Bienvenu Eva Nga who is linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, indications are that the Gqeberha-based club is monitoring Lepasa’s situation at Pirates with interest.

Read: City Reiterate Stance On Chiefs Re-Match Talk

According to sources, the Chilli Boys would be keen to sign the forward even if on loan, if he was to be made available for a move at the end of the season.

Chippa chairman Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi is known to be a fan of Lepasa and has previously attempted to sign the player though he was unsuccessful in doing so in 2019.

Lepasa has previously been loaned to Stellenbosch FC and TS Galaxy respectively to get some game-time and it remains to be seen what the Soweto giants’ plans will be for next season regarding the future of the talented player. 

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