PSL: Orlando Pirates ready for Player Clearance
Orlando Pirates have been very busy in the transfer market signing close to ten players but now it looks like they are ready to reduce their big squad.
In what is a shocking list some key players are expected to be let go by Orlando Pirates.
Players like Sifiso Myeni, Patrick Phungwayo, Rooi Mahamutsa, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Yasser Mugerwa, Mpho Mvelase, Lehlohonolo Masalesa, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Felipe Ovono are expected to be on the official list to be announced soon.
Myeni is a surprise addition to the list as he was a regular under the previous coach Eric Tinkler
The other players who are set to be on the list haven’t seen much game time under Tinkler.
Currently, Orlando Pirates have a full quota of foreign nations in Felipe Ovono, Yasser Mugerwa, Issa Sarr, Edwin Gyimah and Tendai Ndoro but with the arrival of Bernard Morrison space has to be made.
Orlando Pirates haven’t given up on signing BidVest Wits marksman Sibusiso Vilakazi and it is believed that both Thandani Ntshumayelo and Patrick Phungwayo are to be used as a sweetener to get him.
Ovono will be the second top keeper to leave Orlando Pirates after Fatau Dauda left last season
Orlando Pirates wanted to give the new coach Mushin Ertugral a chance to work with players before making the final decision.
It is expected that most of the players signed by Orlando Pirates including Majafa could go on loan to get more game time
It’s still unclear if Gabuza, Shitolo who was on loan to Arrows and well as Gumede who was at Amazulu will be retained or not.
Gabuza’s contract expired June 30 and Orlando Pirates haven’t indicated if they will exercise an extension option.
Orlando Pirates’ signings so far have included Abbubaker Mobara, Riyaad Norodien, Bernard Morrison, Thabiso Kutumela, Thamsanqa Mkhize and Donald Mokondelela.
“There isn’t any update on players being released because there are still a number of considerations we are having to take into account‚” Mbele said.
“And obviously we have had to get the coach to work with the players first so that we don’t jump the gun. And so that the technical team can give us an idea‚ on players they feel we can release.
“Muhsin only started working with the players on Monday and he’s having a close look at them before we make any decisions.”