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

OPINION: Orlando Pirates should hijack these three Kaizer Chiefs targets

Strengthen your squad and weaken your rivals.

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

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are always ruffling each other’s feathers. They could also fight for a few prized targets in the winter window.

Kaizer Chiefs have some marquee targets

According to the rumour mill on X, Bafana Bafana duo Oswin Appollis and Elias Mokwana are players Nasreddine Nabi would love to collaborate with at Naturena. Meanwhile, a surprise name has also emerged in the shape of Golden Arrows striker Lungelo Nguse. The 25-year-old bagged a respectable six goals from 24 league appearances last term.

The ever-impressive Stellenbosch star Iqraam Rayners bagged 15 goals in the league last term and is now a reliable regular for the national team. Meanwhile, Lebo Mothiba Lebo Mothiba is no longer a Strasbourg player after his six-year stint with the Alsace club came to an end. Soccer-Laduma believes negotiations between Mothiba’s representatives and Kaizer Chiefs are moving along nicely; the player was even spotted at Naturena. Mothiba has 14 caps for South Africa and four goals, but his last appearance in national colours was in October 2023.

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Elias Mokwana of South Africa during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 match between South Africa and Benin at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Where are the Orlando Pirates weaknesses and who should they sign?

Pirates already have quality central strikers, namely Tshegofatso Mabasa and Evidence Makgopa, but new widemen might be on the menu with some pending exits. The Pirates technical team cannot ignore Monnapule Saleng’s drop-off in 2023-2024 after a scintillating 2022-2023. At his best, he’s a superb match-winner but we haven’t seen enough of that version lately. If a big offer comes in, now might be the time to cash in on the wide man. If Deon Hotto also leaves, the club will lose considerable experience and big personalities. A player like Rayners can plug the void potentially left by Saleng in wide areas, and he’s also capable as a central striker. That versatility is priceless. Chiefs left-back target Fawaaz Basadien could be an able replacement for Hotto. The aforementioned Mokwana would provide pure width and Bafana Bafana star quality.

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

What’s the ideal formation for the Sea Robbers?

3-4-1-2 would allow Jose Riveiro to deploy three of his outstanding central defenders as the Buccaneers are stacked in that position. Having the likes of Thabiso Sesane and Tapelo Xoki on the bench is a luxury that would be afforded to him, should the club pull off a deal for SuperSport’s Kegan Johannes. This formation would get the prodigiously talented Relebohile Mofokeng into the side as a number 10, behind two central strikers with wildly different skill sets. A dream move for Grant Margeman would give the Bucs central midfield duo a dynamic and youthful look and there’s also the option of using Kabelo Dlamini and experienced hardman Makhehlene Makhaula off the bench. What about Patrick Maswanganyi? Just so many tactical options and variations.

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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro greets fans at the FNB Stadium. Image: BackpagePix

What do you think Bucs fans, do any of these names intrigue you? Let us know in the comments.