Orlando Pirates looking to sign Xolani Ngcobo image: SABC Sport.

Orlando Pirates looking to sign Xolani Ngcobo image: SABC Sport.

Pirates move quick to secure Ofori and Mpontshane replacements!

Orlando Pirates released both Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane but have already secured their replacements

Orlando Pirates looking to sign Xolani Ngcobo image: SABC Sport.

Orlando Pirates looking to sign Xolani Ngcobo image: SABC Sport.

Orlando Pirates have continued their squad overhaul ahead of next season, with two players entering the squad for next season. 

Pirates released six players two weeks ago, and according to reports, that won’t be where it ends.

Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Kermit Erasmus, Richard Ofori, Thabang Monare and Siyabonga Mpontshane were all released by Pirates. Those being players who have seen their deals at expire at the club, with management deeming them surplus to requirements. There are still players who are under contract who could be loaned out, sold or see their deals terminated at the Houghton-based outfit.

Ofori and Mpontshane leave Pirates

In that list above, it includes two goalkeepers. Those being Ofori and Mpontshane. The two experienced campaigners were third and fourth choice goalkeepers at Pirates respectively at last season. So their departures were expected from the club. What is expected now is for the team to announce the signing of at least one senior goalkeeper. 

Rumours seem to be intensifying that Nigerian number one Stanley Nwabali is set to join the club. But with that still in the pipeline, Pirates have wasted no time in adding two younger goalkeepers to the first team. Those being Siphamandla Gumede and Siyabonga Dladla

Gumede and Dladla join first team

“The Soweto giants have recalled Siyabonga Dladla from their feeder club, Pele Pele FC as they prepare for the forthcoming 2024/25 The 23-year-old featured for Pele Pele in the ABC Motsepe League (Gauteng) during the recent campaign and also turned out for Pirates’ first team in friendly matches. Prior to joining Pele Pele, Dladla played for the Buccaneers’ reserve team in the DStv Diski Challenge and also spent the first round of the 2020/21 season out on loan at NFD side Pretoria Callies where he made just one appearance. Dladla was on an academy contract during his brief stint with Callies and has now signed his first professional contract as a reward for his performances in the ABC Motsepe League – helping Pele Pele finish in the top three.

GOAL understands that the length of a promising shot-stopper’s deal is three years.” Wrote goal.com 

Additionally Idiski Times has confirmed the return to Pirates of Gumede from his loan spell at Orbit College

It now remains to be seen if Pirates will leave it at Gumede and Dladla or continue pursuing Nwabali.