Another deal could be finalised between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates in preparation for next season, as the two clubs continue enhancing the relationship they have been enjoying in recent years.
As reported in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1110, Bucs are believed to be closing in on Tebogo ‘Messi’ Tlolane, with sources indicating that the Soweto giants could be likely to buy the star player from the Chilli Boys.
Tlolane, 24, has emerged as one of the top left-backs in the PSL in his first season with Chippa, though he is known for his prowess as a winger because of his speed and attacking ability. Tlolane started out in Buccaneers’ development system, with Yebo Yes United FC, before he was spotted by renowned South African talent spotter Ephraim ‘Jomo’ Sono, who signed him in 2016 for Jomo Cosmos.
Pirates have been impressed with the player’s work-rate, and are keen on bringing him back to the club, according to sources.
It is believed that Bucs want to follow the same procedure they went through when they signed Linda Mntambo, who had a stint with Chippa from Cosmos, before moving back to Gauteng at the end of last season.
“Pirates is very keen on Tebogo Tlolane and the issue of a possible move for him was in discussions in January. I think it might have been finalised now and don’t be surprised to see the boy leave Chippa for Pirates at the end of the season,” said the source.
Parable Hlatshwayo, who knows Tlolane from his development days at Pirates, confirmed Bucs’ interest in the player.
“I was the one who sent the player to Chippa from Cosmos. I know the boy from his development days at Yebo Yes. That was before I changed from being involved in club football to representing players,” said Hlatshwayo. “The player is still contracted to Chippa, but Rhulani Mokwena knows the boy well and he is the one who is keen on luring him to Pirates,” he added.
Contacted for comment about Pirates’ interest in Tlolane, Chippa CEO Morgan Mammila denied knowledge of a possible move. “As the club, we don’t know anything about that, so I can’t comment on it,” said Mammila.