Pirates goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi Image Source: @TSGalaxyFC/Twitter

Melusi Buthelezi Image Source: @TSGalaxyFC/Twitter

Orlando Pirates sign Melusi Buthelezi and ready to offload Ofori

Orlando Pirates have beefed up their goalkeeping department after signing TS Galaxy’s Melusi Buthelezi to replace Richard Ofori

Pirates goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi Image Source: @TSGalaxyFC/Twitter

Melusi Buthelezi Image Source: @TSGalaxyFC/Twitter

Orlando Pirates have beefed up their goalkeeping department after signing TS Galaxy’s Melusi Buthelezi to replace the outgoing Richard Ofori.

The word doing the rounds in the South African media space is that Orlando Pirates have signed TS Galaxy goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi as they look to secure Richard Ofori’s replacement.

Buthelezi has been captured by the Buccaneers, as Pirates are known to admirers and will play as back-up to number one stopper, Sipho Chaine in the upcoming 2023/24 DStv Premiership season.

According to SowetanLIVE, Pirates have opted against retaining the services of Ghanaian keeper, Ofori and engaged Galaxy to lure Buthelezi.

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Mentored by Jose Riveiro, the Mayfair-based club is planning for life without the former Maritzburg United skipper, Ofori, who is leaving at the end of the current campaign.

PIRATES TO OFFLOAD OFORI AS BUTHELEZI ARRIVES

It is no secret that Ofori is looking to secure an overseas move and considering his injury woes, he has failed to command a regular spot between the goalposts at Pirates.

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For that reason, Pirates decided to sign the 25-year-old Buthelezi from the Rockets and he will assist Chaine while Siyabonga Mpontshane will serve as number three.

The website has quoted a source indicating that the experienced Mpontshane could also follow Ofori to the exit door and part ways with the reigning MTN8 champions.

However, he has been given a choice to stay and become a third choice behind the current number one, Chaine, and the incoming Buthelezi. 

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“Ofori is leaving at the end of the season (when his contract expires), there’s no doubt about that. I think injuries have played a huge role in the club deciding against renewing his contract,” said the source.

“Siyabonga is also not safe because the club is clear that this Buthelezi boy must push Sipho.

“Siya’s contract is also expiring in June, but there’s an option for a further year…now it is up to him to decide if he wants to be the No.3 or he goes elsewhere.”

“The club wants him to stay for a year as a back-up to Chaine and Buthelezi, especially with the possibility of Champions League football next season. Remember Siya is the longest-serving member of the current squad as he joined eight years ago, so they value his experience.”

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OFORI’S LACK OF GAME TIME AT PIRATES

The 29-year-old Black Stars international last, Ofori, donned the black and white Pirates jersey during a 1-all draw versus AmaZulu in a league clash bask in October last year.

However, Ofori could not finish the encounter as he was stretchered off owing to a niggling knee injury.

Taking a glance at Chaine’s contribution at Pirates so far, the ex-Chippa United gloveman has played in 20 matches across all competitions and has kept six clean sheets, conceding 17.

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