Orlando Pirates Set To Offload International Trio?
Orlando Pirates are reportedly planning to make some changes to their squad in the January transfer window.
According to various sources, the club is looking to part ways with three of their West African players, who have failed to impress since joining the Buccaneers.
Marou and Eva Nga on the verge of Orlando Pirates exit.
The first two players who are expected to leave Pirates are the Cameroonian strikers Souaibou Marou and Bienvenu Eva Nga.
Both of them have had very little impact since joining Pirates, with Eva Nga joining from Chippa United at the beginning of the season, while Marou entered the Buccaneers ship from his native country.
Much was expected of Marou, who was part of the Cameroon squad that featured many players playing abroad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
However, he has struggled to adapt to the South African league and has barely featured for Pirates.
He is now thought to be available for transfer in the current window, with some local clubs showing interest in him.
Eva Nga, who was signed as a replacement for the departed Gabadinho Mhango, has also failed to live up to the expectations.
The 31-year-old has scored only one goal in 12 appearances for Pirates, and has often been left out of the matchday squad.
He is also likely to be shown the exit door, as Pirates look to free up some space in their foreign quota.
Ofori’s future uncertain
The third player who could be on his way out of Pirates is the Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
This may come as a shock to many, as Ofori is one of the senior players and leaders in the squad, and has been a regular for the Black Stars.
However, Ofori has found himself further down the goalkeeping pecking order at Pirates in the past two seasons.
His injuries seem to have finally cost him his place, as he is now seemingly third choice keeper behind Sipho Chaine and Melusi Buthelezi.
Despite that, he still found his way into the Ghana 23-man squad for the AFCON
According to Soccer-Laduma, Pirates are hoping that Ofori gets a chance to play for Ghana at the tournament, therefore putting himself in the shop window for a transfer.
“Pirates still have plans to extend Ofori’s contract by one year, the idea is to sell him abroad,” the source said.
“The club believe the two goalkeepers that have been playing are more than capable of taking the team further.
“The thing about Ofori is that, he is an experienced goalkeeper who also has a role to play in the national team of Ghana.
“Selling him abroad would make business sense for the club at his age” said a source close to the club.
It remains to be seen if Ofori will have different fortunes with Ghana at Afcon, than he has had for Pirates so far this season.