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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

R17 million star won’t be leaving Orlando Pirates for FREE

Contrary to the latest transfer gossip, a struggling Orlando Pirates first team player will remain at the club next season!

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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

Orlando Pirates full-back Bandile Shandu looks set to remain at the club.

Shandu struggled for game-time last season with reports suggesting his time at the club was up.

The speedy utility defender made just 16 appearances for Jose Riveiro’s throughout last season.

More worrying for Shandu was the fact that just seven of his 16 showings were starting line-up appearances.

Initial reports suggested the former Maritzburg United star could be on his way to SuperSport United as a free agent however, his agent has since emphatically refuted that claim.

According to his agent Mike Makaab, Shandu still has one year remaining on his current contract at Orlando Pirates.

The veteran agent went on to provide some clarity on Shandu’s situation at the Mayfair based club. Take a look at the details below.

Shandu still has one year left on his contract at Orlando Pirates – Makaab

“I don’t know where the rumors come from because Bandile Shandu’s contract with Pirates expires in June 2026,” Makaab told iDiski Times

“He is happy at the club and the club is happy with him. He’s been struggling with an injury. He is in the middle of his rehabilitation program.”

Shandu has made 87 appearances for the Buccaneers since joining the club in 2021. According to Transfermarkt, he’s valued at approximately R17 million.

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In other news, Orlando Pirates star Relebohile Mofokeng’s rise to football stardom has been simply incredible.

Just 14 months ago, the teenager was yet to make his senior debut for the club.

Mofokeng was promoted to the Buccaneers first team at the beginning of last year. Since making his debut in March 2023, Mofokeng has already made 40 appearances for the club!

The Orlando Pirates starlet has already scored six goals while assisting seven more for the club.

Bucs offer rising star bumper new contract

Mofokeng’s form means he’ll receive a new and improved contract in Mayfair!

The 19-year-old who was on a standard first team contract after graduating from the club’s academy will reportedly receive a bumper five-year contract!

“According to the insider, Orlando Pirates have turned their attention to the 19-year-old’s contract with the club,” a Soccer Laduma report read.

“It is understood to see a significant change in it, with better terms tabled by the Buccaneers. Not only are the Buccaneers understood to be tying down the Vaal-born star, but they also want to reward the player for his efforts this campaign.

“Whispers of a new five-year contract has also been doing the rounds, though talks are believed to be underway.”