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Tshegofatso Mabasa against Crystal Lake at the Mbombela Stadium in the Nedbank Cup. Image: BackpagePix

RUMOUR: Orlando Pirates extend Mabasa’s contract but there’s a big catch

Pirates still hold all of the cards in these negotiations.

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Tshegofatso Mabasa against Crystal Lake at the Mbombela Stadium in the Nedbank Cup. Image: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates are negotiating a contract extension with Tshegofatso Mabasa including a massive buyout clause.


According to SoccerLaduma, The Orlando Pirates board are in advanced negotiations with Tshegofatso Mabasa to extend his stay with the club until June 2028. This is a reward for his stellar form in 2023/2024 where he scored 16 goals in the league to win the Golden Boot award. According to the publication’s sources, Pirates will trigger a two-year option including a hefty R50 Million buyout clause. That clause applies to local and foreign clubs. Anybody wanting to lure Mabasa away from Pirates must overcome this considerable financial barrier. It’s a bold and smart move by the board, ensuring they hold all the aces if/when suitors arrive at the bargaining table. Mabasa bagged a stunning 16 goals from 26 DStv Premiership outings at a healthy rate of 0.62 goals per game.

“All parties involved are happy about the upcoming new deal. Yes, it’s an improved contract because the player has proved himself as the best striker in the league, warranting an enhanced deal,” the source added.

Another source revealed the stance of Mabasa’s agent Gary Cassia:

“I’ll let you know what’s happening once we conclude. Also remember, he has two years (on his contract) as Pirates exercised the option.

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Irvin Khoza. Image: TSA


Despite one or two key injury worries, Jose Riveiro has selection headaches all over the pitch ahead of their meeting with Sundowns on 1 June. Tapelo Xoki, immense in the centre of defence this season, will miss the match after having surgery. That blow is offset considerably by the return of Nigerian star Olisa Ndah and the emergence of Thabiso Sesane. With Nkosinathi Sibisi also a key figure, Pirates are stacked in that position and across the pitch. Sundowns and Pirates clash on 1 June from Mbombela Stadium at 15:00 to contest the showpiece match. Pirates are defending champions and aiming to secure a historic double-double of domestic cup wins after scooping consecutive MTN8 crowns. Sundowns, newly-crowned champions of South Africa, were unable to go the entire league campaign unbeaten when they lost on the final day to Cape Town City.

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


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