Orlando Pirates completely the signing of Pretorian based star.

 Orlando Pirates completely the signing of Pretorian based star.

Pirates to announce first signing before the end of the season!

Orlando Pirates look to strike early in the transfer market as they are set to announce their first signing before the end of the season.

Orlando Pirates pulled off the surprise signing of SuperSport United midfielder Thalente Mbatha in January.

Pirates signed two players in the January transfer window, Thabiso Lebitso and Mbatha, who is on loan.

Mbatha had been around the reserve football circles for quite some time, having featured for Highlands Park. After the club sold its status, the player sought a move to stay in the top-flight ranks and joined SuperSport. There, he eventually made it to the first-team squad under coach Gavin Hunt. Even so, he failed to be a regular in the side, even struggling to make the match day squad. Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Pirates announced the signing of the 22-year-old.

This publication reported last month that SuperSport and Pirates had agreed to a loan deal with an option to buy. Now with just a couple of games into his Buccaneers career, it is thought a decision has already been made. According to Mbatha’s agent Mike Makaab the player is most likely to stay at his current club.

That seems to be the dominant narrative at the moment with Soccer-Laduma also reporting Mbatha will stay at Pirates.


“Everything is in place. It’s close to being done with the talks and the agreements between the two clubs as well as the player (Mbatha) involved. The technical team is very happy with what they have seen so far and they don’t want to let him go. So, management has taken the option to buy (the player) as the loan deal expires at the end of the season in June. The player is also happy to stay because he is enjoying more game time (at Pirates) when compared to his time at SuperSport United,” said the source to the publication.


Pirates will also have to make a decision on Bafana Bafana international Goodman Mosele’s future ahead of next season. One thing is for sure, Mbatha is looking increasingly likely to be part of their midfield rebuild.


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