PSL : No Okwuosa for Pirates
Nigerian defender James Okwuosa was expected to finalize his contract negotiations with Orlando Pirates on yesterday (Tuesday) as the Bucs looked to add depth to their defense.
The Nigerian defender, who has been a transfer target for Bucs for some time in recent seasons, has been highly impressive for Chippa under Dan Malesela.
Towards the end of the season, Okwuosa admitted that Pirates have shown interest in his services and have put a good offer on the table in an attempt to lure him to Gauteng.
“There has been interest from Pirates and their offer has been impressive, but it is not yet confirmed so we have to wait until the end of this month to see what happens,” Okwuosa told AfricanFootball.com.
Orlando Pirates Administrative Manager Floyd Mbele, clarified the matter on Metro Fm with Robert Marawa that the team has decided against signing the Nigerian Defender.
He did, however, admit that Orlando Pirates were interested in the Defender but due to some circumstances, they decided not to sign the defender.
James Okwuosa was a free agent so it couldn’t be monetary terms that made the deal to fall through but speculations say the quota of foreign players was the issue
The were speculations that the Nigerian Defender had signed a three-year pre-contract with Orlando Pirates
It’s not yet clear if Orlando Pirates will have to compensate the Nigerian Defender if the was a pre-contract signed which should have became effective as of July 1.
Last season, The 25-year-old has missed only one game for Chippa United through suspension.
He was one of their most influential players in regard to helping the Port Elizabeth outfit remain in the top eight of the Absa Premiership for the better part of the 2015/16 season.