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Will Pirates Reignite Interest In International Striker?

Orlando Pirates could be among clubs monitoring the situation with a Burkina Faso striker who is linked with a move to the Absa Premiership.

Following months of contract dispute at his Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, Sogne Yacouba could be set for a move to Mzansi in his next deal, this according to his representatives who have confirmed having started a search in the PSL.

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As reported in edition 1165 of Soccer Laduma, Golden Arrows is one of the clubs contacted about the 28-year-old forward whose contract in Ghana is set to expire next month, according to sources.

“There’s a striker from Asante Kotoko whose name is Yacouba, and his agent is working on a move for him to the PSL. This is the player that Pirates wanted to sign. The guy (agent) I am talking about is here in South Africa as we speak, and has had contact with some PSL clubs about the player. I know that Golden Arrows is one of the clubs that have been contacted for the player and they are interested. But nothing has been finalised as the guy wants to keep options open for the player in preparation for next season,” said the source.

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Following the news from the source, the Siya crew contacted Yacouba’s Ghana-born representative, Ahmed Nuno, for comment and he confirmed that they have already received offers.

“The player’s contract (with Kotoko) is finishing on 01 April. We want something here (in the Absa Premiership) for him. Some clubs have sent their offers but we’ve not been happy with them,” Nuno told the Siya crew.

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Regarding interest from Pirates, the representative confirmed having spoken to the club in the past.

“That was before, that was last year to be exact. This year, no! I don’t know (if Pirates is still interested). We are trying to see if we can get something here. The player is very good. Even the supporters in Ghana want to pay the money that the guy (Yacouba) wants so that he can stay with Kotoko.

“Golden Arrows have given us an offer for the player, and there are also two teams from Tanzania – Azam and Simba. But we weren’t satisfied with their offers, and we are looking for something better here in South Africa, or in Europe,” Nuno added.

It now remains to be seen if Pirates do reignite their interest in the player as they aim to beef up their strike force, or if they opt to look elsewhere.

The Siya crew will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

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