Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns to Gilberto signing. Image: FARPost

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns to Gilberto signing. Image: FARPost

BIG Orlando Pirates target tells club his ready to move!

One of Orlando Pirates’ top transfer targets has reportedly informed his current side that he won’t sign a new deal and wants a new challenge

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns to Gilberto signing. Image: FARPost

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns to Gilberto signing. Image: FARPost

Orlando Pirates may have been given a big boost by one of their transfer targets for next season.

Pirates are believed to be ready to revamp their squad, with the goalkeeping department needing attention. 

Pirates currently have two goalkeepers who have their contracts running out at the end of the season. Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane are believed to be edging towards the exit door at the club. It is believed that they will welcome back on-loan shot-stopper Siphamandla Gumede. It is not expected that he will be challenging for the number one jersey.

That’s why they’re rumoured to be looking at Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali for that. The Nigerian international has seemingly given Pirates and other interested parties a big boost. According to The Citizen, he has told the Eastern Cape-based side that he is ready to leave.

Nwabali ready to quit Chippa United

“Chippa tabled an improved offer Nwabali to remain at the club, but he wants a new challenge. As you are aware, there are clubs in Europe and big teams in South Africa that are after his services so he wants to test himself at a bigger club. What I can say for sure is that Nwabali does not want to play for Chippa next season. He wants a bigger challenge. Chippa have been good to him and he doesn’t want leave just because he is unhappy at the club, he is happy, but he wants a new challenge.” Said a source to the same publication. 

Boost for Pirates?

Nwabali, who currently plies his trade for the Chilli Boys, was a surprise inclusion as first choice for Nigeria at Afcon. This was due to the fact that he had only one cap for the Super Eagles prior to the showpiece. He would end up playing all seven games for Nigeria in Ivory Coast, keeping four clean sheets. He also played a huge role in the team finishing as runners-up at the tournament. That also saw his name and reputation skyrocket, with more European clubs reportedly on his radar, making things difficult for Kaizer Chiefs.

With Chiefs thought to be eyeing alternatives, Pirates could still try to negotiate with Chippa for Nwabali.