Orlando Pirates are on the verge of a new and exciting era. They begin a new season with a new coach and heightened ambitions. A big question remains regarding their use of foreign players, though, and there is an ongoing debate over whether or not space should be made...
The big talk is that if Pirates were to free up one of their five quota spots, it would reportedly involve the release of the big-haired Senegalese Issa Sarr. This has sparked much controversy among the Buccaneer faithful, with many debating over whether or not he should be the one to walk the plank...
"Issa Sarr is a good player, but I just think SA football is too fast for him. The guy is very slow and he can't pass the ball well, something that is mostly required in football. He must not be let go, but be a negotiating tool in order to bring (Thamsanqa) Sangweni into the team, like Downs did with Malajila and Ngele." – A-Z bucksmaye
"We made too many signings, even our technical team is confused now." – Clifort Selatihoa
Many supporters see it as unfortunate that a technicality such as a quota is the thing that may get in the way of Sarr staying with Pirates.
"I love and hate football, it is not fair... how can player leave a club with such kind of reason? That is nonsense, pure nonsense." – LeCowHloHlo
"That would a be a very big mistake, and a bad idea to let go such a player of his calibre, a soldier!" – Richmphiwa Dr Dreamer
This is no foreign concept to the Pirates supporters; an outrage was recently sparked when goalkeeper Felipe Ovono was placed on the transfer list. That decision has since been reversed, but Sarr's future remains undecided.
At the moment, Pirates have the following players taking up their foreigner quota: Sarr, Ovono, Edward Gyimah, Tendai Ndoro, and Bernard Morrison.
Are Pirates using their foreigner quota wisely?