Orlando Pirates

Ismael Olivier Toure of Stellenbosch warms up during the DStv Premiership game between Stellenbosch FC and Royal AM at Danie Craven Stadium. Image: Reinhardt Hamman/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates chasing Ivorian defensive star

Orlando Pirates have identified a Stellies defender as one of their priority signings for the next season.

Orlando Pirates

Ismael Olivier Toure of Stellenbosch warms up during the DStv Premiership game between Stellenbosch FC and Royal AM at Danie Craven Stadium. Image: Reinhardt Hamman/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates are still monitoring the progress of Ivorian defender Ismael Olivier Toure at Stellenbosch FC.

Toure joined the Winelands outfit from Marumo Gallants at the outset of the previous Premiership campaign.

Orlando Pirates reheat interest Toure

The Sea Robbers had an interest in Toure before his move to the Western Cape.

However, that interest did not lead to a concrete offer for the player who joined Stellies instead.

Toure has been in impressive form, though, and Pirates are keeping an eye on him.

The defender has been putting in the hard yards and also delivering the dramatic moments as well.

Stellies defence is the envy of the PSL

Under Steve Barker, the Stellies’ defence has been among the best in the league, and Toure has done his bit.

“Touré is undoubtedly one of the very best defenders in our league and an important signing for our club,” head coach Steve Barker said.

“He showed his qualities throughout last season with Marumo Gallants, including outstanding performances in the Confederations Cup.

“He is a physically commanding centre-back who is good with the ball at his feet, and we believe that he will be a big addition to our squad.”

Toure still wanted by Orlando Pirates

Toure also scored a crucial goal in the Carling Knockout trophy final sending them into the penalty shoot-out that they won.

Soccer Laduma reported that a source close to the player has revealed that Orlando Pirates still have an interest.

“Pirates had been monitoring the player since his days at Marumo Gallants. Remember there was a stage when Marumo were doing well in CAF (Confederation Cup) and that didn’t go unnoticed. But Stellenbosch were quick to sign him after Marumo got relegated,” said the source.

“But there is still interest from Pirates in the player. His progress at Stellenbosch hasn’t gone unnoticed and nobody can deny that he has improved in the last few months to be one of the top defenders in the league.”

Orlando Pirates target focused on Stellies

The source suggested that the attention he is getting hasn’t thrown Toure off at all, with plenty to do for Stellies before the campaign is in the books.

“But the player is focused on the good job he is doing for Stellenbosch and is aiming to make further progress with the team, as there is also a semi-final of the Nedbank Cup coming for them next month against (Mamelodi) Sundowns,” the source concluded.