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Deano van Rooyen warms up for Stellenbosch FC. Image: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates to sign skipper with 133 matches?

Orlando Pirates seem to be moving very fast this winter. Reports say Stellenbosch FC captain Deano Van Rooyen is a big target.

Orlando Pirates van Rooyen

Deano van Rooyen warms up for Stellenbosch FC. Image: BackpagePix

The transfer window does not wait for hesitant teams. Orlando Pirates are reportedly targetting a swap deal with Stellenbosch FC.


Stellenbosch’s 27-year-old Van Rooyen celebrated 133 matches for the club last season. According to KickOff, Orlando Pirates are keen to offer their own right-back Thabiso Monyane in order to sign Van Rooyen.

“KickOff can reveal that Stellenbosch FC are targeting an Orlando Pirates defender as part of a swap deal that could see their captain Deano van Rooyen joining the Buccaneers next season. Pirates are edging closer to signing Van Rooyen in a bid to reinforce their defence for next season. Now, Pirates are believed to have offered Thabiso Monyane to Stellies as part of a swap deal that could see Van Rooyen moving in the opposition direction next season.

“Pirates are desperate to sort out their right back position. The club has approached Stellenbosch for the services of Deano [Van Rooyen]. Stellies have also been interested in Monyane since last season and there could be a swap deal on the cards,” the report concluded.


Orlando Pirates have already made two more big decisions to replace senior players in midfield. Newer reports say the Sea Robbers have signed the replacements.

Jose Riveiro’s team confirmed parting ways with two senior midfielders Fortune Makaringe and Thabang Monare last week. Not too long after that, Orlando Pirates reportedly signed Thalente Mbatha on a permanent deal.

According to SABC Sport, Mbatha’s former SuperSport United teammate, Selaelo Rasebotja has also put pen to papter to join Orlando Pirates.

Mbatha, who plays as a six, is Monare’s replacement, while Rasebotja, an eight, will take Makaringe’s place.


  • Teko Modise – Attacking Midfielder/ Forward
  • Katlego Mashego – Forward
  • Tico-Tico Bucuane – Forward
  • Daine Klate – Winger
  • Thandani Ntshumayelo – Central Midfielder
  • Edwin Gyimah – Central Defender
  • Kermit Erasmus – Forward
  • Patrick Masawanganyi – Attacking Midfielder
  • Thalente Mbatha – Central Midfielder.


We have never seen such an early kit leak. It’s only June. Anyways, Orlando Pirates supporters may have just seen next season’s possible home kit.

After seeing the jersey pop around social media today, one of the leading football pages, Unplayable, posted the image of what could be Orlando Pirates’ leaked kit for next season. The design is the black home colour that includes red Adidas stripes on the shoulders, as well as the Vodacom sponsor in red. – CHECK OUT THE PICTURES AND FULL STORY HERE.