Orlando Pirates signings transfers

SuperSport United celebrate Salaelo Rasebotja’s birthday. Image: SuperSportFC/Instagram

Orlando Pirates: New signing in Makaringe’s place

Orlando Pirates don’t hestitate to release players before announcing new signings. Fortune Makaringe has been replaced.

Orlando Pirates signings transfers

SuperSport United celebrate Salaelo Rasebotja’s birthday. Image: SuperSportFC/Instagram

Orlando Pirates will be enjoy an improved squad next season. Players with low impact have already been released to make way for new arrivals.

ORLANDO PIRATES RELEASE FORTUNE MAKARINGE

As reported by the Sea Robbers in recent weeks, the former Maritzburg United midfielder parted ways with the Soweto giants.

“Orlando Pirates can confirm that Fortune Makaringe will be leaving the club. Following four incredible seasons and over 140 matches, our journey with the 31-year-old midfielder has come to an end. Words cannot fully express our gratitude and appreciation for Makaringe,” the club said, as cited by the Sowetan.

“Throughout his time with us, he consistently demonstrated exceptional professionalism and discipline. The club will always be grateful for his contribution and wishes him nothing but the best in his future endeavours,” Orlando Pirates added.

NEW SIGNING REPLACEMENT

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have reportedly signed Selaelo Rasebotja from SuperSport United. While other reports have incorrectly claimed Rasebotja has replaced Thabang Monare, the 23-year-old Rasebotja plays as a number 8 or 10, the same postition as Makaringe. Monare was a defensive midfielder/number 6. Therefore Rasebotja will replace Makaringe, not Monare. Thalente Mbatha, who plays as a 6, is the player that replaced Monare.

According to the seasoned SABC Sport reporter Mazola Molefe, the 23-year-old Rasebotja has joined Orlando Pirates as a free agent. His deal with Matsatsantsa is ending on the 30th.

“SABC Sport can reveal that Orlando Pirates have swooped in on midfielder Selaelo Rasebotja, who joins the Soweto giants on a free transfer,” Molefe reported.

“Rasebotja was promoted from the SuperSport United academy at the start of the 2020/21 season, under then coach Kaitano Tembo, and payed a bit-part role at the Tshwane side.

“However, with the 23-year-old due to become a free agent at the end of this month, Pirates have moved swiftly to rope him in to bolster coach Jose Riveiro’s squad,” the report added.

FORTUNE MAKARINGE GOODBYE

Dear Mabhakaniya fans, thank you for the love you have shown me since I was announced as your player 2019 until this year in 2024… Your love is always blessed with enduring Happiness every year… I will always be one of you – once and always.

My humble gratitude to the Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza, my big brothers, my lil sister and the board of directors at large. Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave me to learn and experience what it takes to becoming a Buccaneer.

As a Buccaneer, you presented me with an image full of responsibility ,and an image that will forever be attached to the Orlando Pirates FC family and it’s with great honour and privilege that I acknowledge that the responsibility is even greater now because I stand to represent the brand wherever my calling takes me. I’ll forever be grateful for feeling so valued.READ THE FULL LETTER HERE.