Orlando Pirates

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

Orlando Pirates to ditch their highest-paid star?

Would you let Hotto go if you were in charge?

Orlando Pirates

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

Orlando Pirates are replicating a Kaizer Chiefs tactic this winter by considerably cutting their monthly salary costs.

Pirates to trim the wage bill

Orlando Pirates have released Kermit Erasmus, Fortune Makaringe, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Richard Ofori and Thabang Monare. At least three of those could be regarded as fan favourites, and more could follow them out the door according to SoccerLaduma.

“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 their source.

Pirates Nedbank Cup Erasmus kaizer chiefs
Kermit Erasmus of Orlando Pirates celebrates victory with fans during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Swallows FC and Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg on 03 March 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

Hotto, Saleng and Pule heading out?

Deon Hotto, the highest-paid player at Pirates, and superstar winger Monnapule Saleng have been pivotal operators for the Sea Robbers in the last 18 months. 2023-2024 perhaps wasn’t Salenmg’s best campaign on a personal level, but he still came up trumps in big names for Jose Riveiro’s side. That followed a scintillating season in 2022-2023 when the wide man bagged 15 goals and 11 assists across 30 appearances in all competitions. Meanwhile, Vincent Pule has struggled with injuries. All three could leave the club alongside former Sundowns playmaker Lesedi Kapinga. The 29-year-old only had eight league outings last season.

Kaizer Chiefs urged to sign Kermit

“I’d love to see him signing for Kaizer Chiefs,” Khanye said on iDiski TV.

“I do believe Kaizer Chiefs can offer something. But Chiefs might not want to because they might look at his age because in South Africa, once you are 34, 35, they label you that you can’t play anymore.  

“I don’t understand where this comes from because there are top players who are still playing for their countries at 36, 37 and they are still scoring.

“Ronaldo scored two goals now for Portugal. He is 38 turning 39, the same age as me, but he is still wearing the armband for Portugal and scoring.

“So why not Kermit at the age of 34 [33]? For me, he is still good enough to play for Kaizer Chiefs. I think Chiefs should sign him as well,” Khanye concluded.

Would you let Hotto go if you were in charge?

Let us know by clicking on the comment tab below this article or by emailing info@thesouthafrican.com. You can also send a WhatsApp to 060 011 021 1.

Meanwhile, you can follow @TheSAnews on X and The South African on Facebook for the latest DStv Premiership news.