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Saleng is a wanted man. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Time for Orlando Pirates to be smart about money

Orlando Pirates should learn from mistakes made by Kaizer Chiefs and sell their talisman Saleng before his value plummets.

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Saleng is a wanted man. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates should learn from recent mistakes by Kaizer Chiefs. They should sell Monnapule Saleng to the highest bidder while his value is at its peak, despite his struggles this season.

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With the additions of Katlego Otladisa, Patrick Maswanganyi and Lesedi Kapinga, the Buccaneers have serious options both in central and wide attacking midfield areas. Zakhele Lepasa, meanwhile, is enduring a dry spell but he’ll find his feet again. Obviously, Saleng’s 15 goals and 11 assists from 30 appearances last term was a ludicrous output for a winger, and it’s unlikely to be matched in the foreseeable future, but Jose Riveiro’s side needs to look at the bigger picture.

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Saleng in the Derby. Image: X @orlandopirates


It seems inevitable that Monnapule Saleng will make a move to Europe at some stage in his career. Pirates could do worse than facilitating that move sooner rather than later, to maximize the revenue they recoup for him. His value is as high as it’s ever going to be, and those funds could be reinvested in a few top-class local players. A €3m (R60 million) offer would be almost impossible to refuse, and even for a club like Odense in Denmark, that’s relative pocket change. Ligue 1 giants Monaco are also reportedly interested.

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

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