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No Pirates Move In Sight For International Striker?

A Burkina Faso international striker who has been linked with a move to Orlando Pirates appears to be no longer a target for the Soweto giants.

Pirates are known to be in the hunt for a striker, with the club having been linked with some top performers in the Absa Premiership, including SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler and Bonginkosi Ntuli of AmaZulu, among other others.  

Outside of the country, the Buccaneers have been linked with Burkina Faso international Songne Yacouba, who has been involved in a contractual dispute with Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko in the last few months. 

However, reports in Ghana this past week have indicated that the forward could finally reach an agreement with Kotoko, before the end of his current deal in April, though the Ghanaian giants have reportedly dismissed any suggestions that the player might have already signed on the dotted lines. 

Ghanasoccernet.com quoted Kotoko’s communications director Kennedy Boakye Ansah as saying, “It is never true (that) Yacouba has extended his contract with Asante Kotoko neither have we agreed on any terms, it is non-existent as we speak. Let’s not do anything that will pile pressure on the player and the club. We do not want to give too much attention to Sogne Yacouba and his contract issues. We are still in talks with him for a possible renewal, he is our player and we are interested in extending his stay.” 

Pirates are expected to intensify their search for a striker for next season, with the club having Zambian international Justin Shonga linked with an exit.   

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