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

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

Mamelodi Sundowns attempt to hijack top Orlando Pirates transfer!

Orlando Pirates were believed to have beaten Kaizer Chiefs to a top signing, but now Mamelodi Sundowns look like the favourites for the 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

Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be ramping up their effort to beat Orlando Pirates to a top signing.

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

Chiefs and Pirates interested in Johannes

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. 

Then on Thursday, it was established that Pirates have not wrapped up the deal for Johannes at all. New reports emerged that Chiefs were still in the hunt. Furthermore, it was revealed that Sundowns had since joined the race. 

Sundowns join the race and want to seal the deal!

Now according to Soccer-Laduma, Sundowns haven’t just joined the race, but are keen to beat Pirates and Chiefs to Johannes! 

“As reported by the Siya crew, Johannes, 23, is a target for both clubs to join them next season and it was the Buccaneers who initially expressed a desire to land his signature, their rivals Downs were watching closely. The player’s camp has denied any links with the Soweto giants, but the Siya crew understands that Downs have now entered the fray and have expressed an interest in the South Africa youth international.The reigning DStv Premiership side aren’t desperate for a right back, but indications are that the club, as they did with Zuko Mdunyelwa, want to bring in another prospect with big potential to be an understudy to some of their senior defenders like Khuliso Mudau. Johannes’ versatility is also a key area identified by Downs as he could double up as a ball-playing centre-back too.” Wrote 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. 

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.