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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

MLS team ready to hijack Orlando Pirates marquee deal

Money talks.

Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates face stiff competition for one of their major transfer targets from a Major League Soccer (MLS) club.


Local outlet Soccer-Laduma believe that Orlando Pirates target Thabo Moloisane is wanted in the United States. The 25-year-old centre-back has been a key figure for Stellenbosch this season, appearing 19 times in the league.

“According to Siya sources, Thabo Moloisane, who is a subject of interest from Orlando Pirates, could be moving abroad. And the Siya Crew has learnt that the player’s future could well lie beyond the PSL. Moloisane has seen his stock rise over the last two seasons with Maritzburg United and now Stellenbosch FC, which has seen the likes of Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu pay close attention to the 25-year-old’s talents. Now, Siya sources have indicated that a potential move for Moloisane to the MLS could be on the cards although on condition that the offer is deemed good enough by Stellies.”

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Stellies are punching above their weight in the PSL. Image: @stellenboschfc / Twitter

Defensive shake-up

The Sea Robbers could be letting go of Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori who is third-choice at the club. They’re also looking at a deal for Namibia and AmaZulu right-back Riaan Hanamub. Hanamub’s career started at Orlando Pirates Windhoek before his first big break with Jomo Cosmos in South Africa. He also spent just under two years with Chippa. Including his stint with AmaZulu, Hanamub has appeared in 110 Dstv Premiership matches if you include two promotion-relegation playoff assignments with the Chilli Boys. If the Buccaneers can get a deal for Moloisane over the line, their defensive unit will have a very different look about it.

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Riaan Hanamub Image Source: (@RianHanamub/Twitter)

Pirates into the Nedbank Cup semis

Jose Riveiro’s defending champions have booked a place in the Nedbank Cup final four after their thrilling 4-2 win over AmaZulu in the quarters. Man of the moment Patrick Maswanganyi bagged a brace while Kabelo Dlamini and Makhehlene Makhaula were also on the score sheet. The Sea Robbers’ reward is a semi-final with Chippa. The other semi-final sees Sundowns face the ever-improving Stellenbosch.

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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at the Orlando Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X.

Buca fans, provided your club makes it past Chippa, who would you like to face in the Nedbank Cup final? Let us know in the comments section below.


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