Pirates offered Buthelezi

Melusi Buthelezi of TS Galaxy is said to have attracted interest from Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

TS Galaxy goalkeeper offered to Orlando Pirates for free!

Orlando Pirates have reportedly been offered the chance to sign a new goalkeeper in TS Galaxy’s Melusi Buthelezi ahead of the next season.

Pirates offered Buthelezi

Melusi Buthelezi of TS Galaxy is said to have attracted interest from Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Orlando Pirates have reportedly been offered the chance to sign a new goalkeeper in TS Galaxy’s Melusi Buthelezi ahead of the next season.

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Pirates have struggled with their goalkeeper department this season and Buthelezi’s agent has tried to sell the player as a potential target to fix the issue.

Mpontshane as been Pirates

Siyabonga Mpontshane has been Pirates’ most prominent goalkeeper this season having taken advantage of the injury situation of Richard Ofori. The Ghanaian international had found himself on the injury table since a 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier for Ghana against Bafana Bafana.

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In Ofori’s absence, the competition for Mpontshane has come from the likes of veteran goal minder Wayne Sandilands, as well as two young goal keepers in Kopano Thuntsane and Elson Sithole. Sandilands, who doubles up as a goalkeeper coach at the Buccs has been sat on the bench 22 times this season. 

Two soon for DDC duo

The young duo of Thuntsane and Sithole on the other hand, have both been selected in Pirates’ senior match day squad twice and once respectively so far this season. It now seems as if the young duo will be allowed to go back to the club’s DStv Diski Challenge structures. The club seem not to be convinced that the young keepers will be ready to step up in the next season and now according to The Citizen, they could go for Buthelezi, an already tried and tested player in the DStv Premiership. 

Buthelezi offered

I heard that Stellenbosch has been talking to his (Buthelezi) agents to confirm whether it is true that his deal is ending in June. He is however happy at Galaxy and would prefer to stay on, especially if the club survives and that is why he has asked that everything be put on hold so he can fully focus on helping the team beat relegation. Orlando Pirates have also been made aware of his possible availability because it is known that they are looking to rebuild their goalkeeping department,” said the source. 

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If Pirates would firm up their interest in Buthelezi it seems like it would be a very hard move to turn down for the player. It remains to be seen though if he will be approached by the Buccaneers as it seems as if it is the agents that are trying to initiate a potential deal with the Soweto giants for the player. They could be tempted to sign him as his deal is thought to be expiring at the end of the season so he would come as a free signing.