Orlando Pirates impressed by Tremaine Eastmond. Image: Orlando Pirates website

Orlando Pirates impressed by Tremaine Eastmond. Image: Orlando Pirates website

Orlando Pirates goalkeepers: Two in, two out?

Orlando Pirates are ready to revamp their goalkeeping department at the end of the season with two being released to make way for another duo

Orlando Pirates impressed by Tremaine Eastmond. Image: Orlando Pirates website

Orlando Pirates impressed by Tremaine Eastmond. Image: Orlando Pirates website

Orlando Pirates are already planning for the next season, with both incomings and outgoings in focus.

Pirates made a number of signings during the off-season, as well as the January transfer window.

They signed  Melusi Buthelezi from TS Galaxy, Siphelo Baloni from All Stars FC and Katlego Otladisa from Marumo Gallants. They were joined by Karim Kimvuidi, Lesedi Kapinga and Patrick Maswanganyi. Then in January, Pirates added the duo of Thabiso Lebitso and Thalenthe Mbatha. In January, stalwart Thembinkosi Lorch and Bienvenu Eva Nga both left the club for Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United respectfully. 

Those players are expected to be followed out of the exit door by a few more, in the coming window. The likes of Zakhele Lepasa, Souaibou Marou, Sandile Mthethwa, among those touted for an exit. Another name that could enter that list soon is goalkeeper Richard Ofori. The Ghanaian international is expected to be joined by Siyabonga Mpontshane should he exit the club. 

Now according to The Citizen Mpontshane could retire and stay at Pirates in a non-playing role while they release Ofori. 

Mpontshane and Ofori out of Pirates?

“Siya (Mpontshane has been with Pirates for close to 10 years and he’s well liked at the club but he’s 38 now. It looks more likely that he will retire at the end of the season. Pirates might keep him in a non-playing capacity. Ofori is a tricky one because he hasn’t been playing and he has received criticism from Ghanaians back home. He must play in order to keep his place in the Ghana national team. I’m told he has interest from clubs in the Middle East if Pirates don’t exercise the one-year option on his contract.” Said the source. 

Gumede and Nwabali in?

Should Ofori and Mpontshane make way, it is thought that they could each be replaced by Pirates. One replacement is set to be returning star Siphamandla Gumede, currently on loan at Orbit College. The second, could be a very tough one to negotiate as the Buccaneers are thought to be chasing Stanley Nwabali.

Nwabali would offer the international experience both Mpontshane and Ofori would leave with, while Gumede will be the talented deputy. The two would face serious competition from current Pirates numbers one and two in Sipho Chaine and Buthelezi.