Orlando Pirates to miss out on Stephane Aziz Ki? Image: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates to miss out on Stephane Aziz Ki? Image: iDiski Times

Bad news for Pirates: Chiefs still alive in top target chase! Sundowns lurk

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns could be ready to spoil an Orlando Pirates top transfer despite claims that it was a done deal!

Orlando Pirates to miss out on Stephane Aziz Ki? Image: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates to miss out on Stephane Aziz Ki? Image: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates had reportedly beaten Kaizer Chiefs to one of their transfer targets ahead of next season. 

Chiefs and Pirates were both thought to have shown interest in SuperSport United defender Kegan Johannes

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This publication reported that it was Chiefs who first put their hand up, showing interest in Johannes. It was not too long then when reports would emerge that Pirates too, were hot on heels. Then in what seemed like an anti-climax, it was then reported that the player would be moving to neither, and had signed a contract renewal at SuperSport. 

But then last week, it was reported that Johannes had snubbed Chiefs and was set to move to Pirates. Hunt, however, was quick to dismiss those rumours as reported by this publication on Saturday. 

That narrative seems to have taken yet another twist, however! According to Soccer-Laduma there is no done deal and Chiefs, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns are still alive! 

Chiefs and Sundowns ready to spoil Pirates party!

“It is definitely not a done deal as it is being claimed (Johannes to Pirates). The club (SuperSport) has interest from the other two big teams (Chiefs and Sundowns) as well and it is now about how to best do a sale that could also help SuperSport get a few players in exchange” said a source to the publication. 

Johannes is a versatile player, who has operated mainly as a right-back despite favouring centre-back. It would be an interesting move for Pirates who signed Thabiso Lebitso on a free transfer from Chippa United in January. He was brought in to challenge Bandile Shandu and Thabiso Monyane for the right back berth. Now, Johannes potentially joining the Buccaneers next season makes sense, when you reports keep surfacing, of Shandu’s potential departure. 

Which would be the best destination for Johannes?

Chiefs seem to be covered at right-back with the likes of Reeve Frosler, Dillan Solomons and Zitha Kwinika. Sundowns have Khuliso Mudau and Zukho Mdunyelwa and Thapelo Morena. This would make a move to Pirates more plausible for Johannes.