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Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus. Photo: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates to let go of 12 players in mass exodus?

This group of players will look quite different next season.

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Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus. Photo: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates are looking at a serious reshuffle as they prepare for CAF Champions League football and more cup title defences.


According to Soccer-Laduma, Pirates will sell, release or loan out up to 12 senior players.

“The people in the office are working hard on that list of players who will be leaving the team. It’s not an easy one but there will be an overhaul at the end of the season. Most of the players whose contracts are coming to an end won’t be renewed as the club is looking at bringing in new blood as well. As far as I am concerned most of those whose contracts were reviewed last season for one season won’t be staying. It will be like a total clear out,” said the source to the publication.

“Among those rumoured to be on the exit list are goalkeepers Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane, defenders Bandile Shandu, Bongani Sam, and Sandile Mthethwa, as well as midfielders Vincent Pule, Monnapule Saleng, Thabang Monare, Fortune Makaringe, and Deon Hotto. Strikers Kermit Erasmus and Cameroonian Souaibou Marou are also mentioned as potential departures.” 

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Saleng is a wanted man. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


The Sea Robbers could only manage a 1-1 draw against SuperSport but that was enough to secure second place ahead of Stellies, who lost 2-1 at Richards Bay. Pirates and Stellenbosch finished level on 50 points but the Sea Robbers boast a superior goal difference. Pirates are looking for an almost unprecedented three-peat in the MTN8 after winning the last two editions.

Nedbank Cup final looms large

The latest update from the Pirates website is as follows:

“The Buccaneers could soon be bolstered further by the return of Deon Hotto, who continues his recovery after picking up a knock in the Nedbank Cup semifinal triumph over Chippa United.”

Midfield orchestrator Miguel Timm is a major doubt for the Nedbank Cup final against Sundowns on 1 June after missing the 1-0 defeat to TS Galaxy. Key defender Tapelo Xoki will miss the game after being ruled out for the rest of the campaign. The 29-year-old central defender made 26 appearances in the league and three in the Nedbank Cup. He’s also grabbed three goals in that competition. Xoki suffered a serious ankle injury in training and needs surgery. 

Sundowns and Pirates lock horns on Saturday 1 June from 15:00 at Mbombela Stadium.

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


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