Orlando Pirates considering futher transfers after signing spree
JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates is cognisant of the obstacles that comes with competing in the continent and it is for that reason why they have decided to bolster their squad with nine signings. The Bucanneers finished second on the log and they qualified for the Caf Champions League.
On Monday, Pirates announced that they have acquired the services of ex Kaizer Chiefs goal-minder, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Abel Mabaso, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Paseka Mako, Linda Mntambo, Vincent Pule, Meshack Maphangule, Asavela Mbekile and Ben Motshwari.
The club is expected to cut ties with some of the deadwood to make room for the new brooms to sweep clean in Parktown. Administrative manager, Floyd Mbele, has elaborated about the wholesale changes that the club is currently embarking on.
"We've reinforce the team to improve our squad. Even last season we made a number of signing. This is an ongoing process. We had to increase our numbers because we will be competing in Caf next season," Mbele explained.
"That's why we have strengthen our team. We know about the demands that comes with playing in Caf. We've seen where have the other teams ended in the log after playing in continental competitions. We don't want to be victims."
SuperSport United were the casualties last season as they escaped the promotional/relegation play-offs on the last day of the Premiership matches. Matsatsantsa A Pitori reached the final of the Caf Confederation Cup earlier on in the season where they succumbed to the DRC Congo powerhouse, TP Mazembe. Sundowns also struggled in the domestic action after clinching the Caf Champions League triumph in 2016 as they failed to capture any of the local trophies in that season.
"It has happened to us before. We reached the final of the Caf Champions League in 2013 and 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final. It took us time to recover after reaching those finals," Mbele said. "It also had an impact in us finishing number 11 on the log last season (2016/17). We don't want to find ourselves battling in domestic competitions because of our Caf participation. We need a strong squad that can compete in all fronts. We want to try and avoid the fatigue that comes with playing in Africa."
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Pirates need no introduction to Caf competitions as their track record speaks volumes. In 1995 they were the champions of the Caf Champions League and went on to lift the Caf Super Cup in 1996. Pirates were also Champions League semi-finalist in 2006.
"We need to be in consultation with the technical team. It is a process but obviously there will be players leaving. But like I say it is a process not an event," Mbele added. Pirates is believed to be pushing hard for the services of Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo. "The transfer window market is still open but don't throw individual names to me," Mbele concluded.