Zakhele Lepasa's age

Lepasa celebrates a goal against Cape Town City FC. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cape Town City raid Orlando Pirates for TWO attackers?

The Pirates attack will look very different next season.

Zakhele Lepasa's age

Lepasa celebrates a goal against Cape Town City FC. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates could be sending two of their attackers to the Mother City during the winter window.

Cape Town City planning a double Orlando Pirates swoop?

Local outlet iDiski Times believes that Cape Town City wants to take a gamble on Zakhele Lepasa. This news comes just days after Kermit Erasmus, recently released by Pirates, was also linked with a return to his former club.

“It’s believed that John Comitis is keeping a close eye on Zakhele Lepasa’s situation at Orlando Pirates. The club has earmarked the 27-year-old as the ideal striker for Eric Tinkler’s side in 2024/25.”

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Zakhele Lepasa and Monnapule Saleng could both leave Pirates soon. Image: FarPost

Lepasa needs to get his groove back

After a brief purple patch in front of goal in 2022, Lepasa’s productivity has dried up again. He scored three times in 15 league appearances in 2023-2024, often overlooked because of the form of Tshegofatso Mabasa and the physical prowess of Evidence Makgopa. Ironically, Golden Boot winner Mabasa, who struck 16 times in the DStv Premiership, isn’t part of Hugo Broos’ plans at the national level while Lepasa is one of the Belgian’s most trusted squad options behind Makgopa for Bafana. However, he wasn’t included in the recent group for qualifiers against Nigeria and Zimbabwe, perhaps indicating now’s the time for him to secure first-team football elsewhere and get his club career back on track.

Kermit heading home?

Phakaaathi believes Cape Town City is angling for a reunion with former striker Kermit Erasmus ahead of 2024-2025. The veteran spent the last two campaigns with Orlando Pirates in his second stint with the Sea Robbers. That followed a spell with Mamelodi Sundowns. The former Bafana Bafana man is being linked with a return to the Mother City but their sources understand that the 33-year-old is in favour of staying in Gauteng. He’ll make a final decision in the off-season after weighing up all the options. Erasmus starred for City in the 2019-2020 season. Fast-forward back to the present and he made only six league appearances in 2023-2024, not managing a single goal or assist. Pirates released Erasmus along with Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Thabang Monare, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Richard Ofori.

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Irvin Khoza. Image: TSA

With Evidence Makgopa and Tshegofatso Mabasa vying for the central striking role, would you make any additions?

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