Orlando Pirates’ targets in the January transfer window

Orlando Pirates have already released a list of players that are going to be transfer listed in the January transfer window and they have also identified players they are interested in signing in that period. There are a lot of surprises in the players that are going to be released by Pirates.

Orlando Pirates are notorious for bringing in players during the transfer window, and then sending them out on loan, only to return to the club at some point. But which players are likely to return to Mayfair ahead of the new season? The past two transfer windows were very confusing where the Sea Robbers were concerned, and it looks like they could be very busy once again as they look to rebuild their squad.

One of the biggest names on the fans’ list is Andile Jali. The midfielder has been out of favour at KV Oostende in Belgium, and is reportedly interested in a possible return to Mzansi. Jali’s love for Pirates is no secret, and it seems that donning the black and white shirt once again is a dream for him.

Meanwhile, Justice Chabalala could be recalled to the squad in order to help solidify the defence. He was sent on loan to Chippa United during the January transfer window. In addition, another loanee who could be returning after the break is Maselaelo Seanego, following his stellar campaign in the NFD with Royal Eagles. Seanego, himself, has expressed his desire to represent Pirates, and it seems he could be commanding the club’s midfield for the 2017/18 season.

But it’s also a time of transfers and movements as clubs seek to strengthen their squads. Aubrey Ngoma and Lebogang Manyama, both of Cape Town City, have dominated transfer talks in recent weeks, having been linked with Mamelodi Sundowns.

But there are more who could be on the move. We take a closer look.

George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs)

The winger’s recent tweets suggest he wants to move on after close to a decade with Amakhosi. “All I wanna do is play football irregardless of what color tshirt I have on (sic),” he tweeted.

He has played 197 official matches and scored 30 goals for Amakhosi, but was a benchwarmer last season. He is linked with Sundowns.

Mzikayise Mashaba (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Rumour has it that the left back, who can also play on the wing, could be involved in a swap deal with Lebese.

Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town)

The Bafana Bafana defender could be on his way to Sundowns, but reports have suggested his first preference would be a move to Europe. Coetzee, 20, will apparently cost the Brazilians at least R6-million.

Deolin Mekoa (Maritzburg United)

The winger is another player who has been touted as a possible replacement for Keagan Dolly at Sundowns. It’s understood that Maritzburg and Sundowns had actually reached an agreement a couple of months ago, but negotiations are said to have since stalled.

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

If reports are anything to go by, Pirates have not given up hope of signing the Bafana goalkeeper.

Jeremy Brockie (SuperSport United)

Once again the New Zealander is thought to be on his way to Sundowns, but the club has never publicly confirmed their interest in the striker.

Steven Pienaar (Sunderland, England)

Schillo, 35, is out of contract at the end of this month and his representatives say Chiefs is one of their options.

Daylon Claasen (1860 Munich, Germany)

The 27-year-old is also apparently keen to come back home after years playing in Europe. Chiefs could be his next destination.

Mosa Lebusa (Ajax Cape Town)

It’s not the first time the Urban Warriors left back has been linked with Gauteng teams. Sundowns, this time, are understood to be a step ahead of Pirates because they have approached Ajax.

Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits)

Previously linked with Pirates, the midfielder will leave Wits at the end of this month and a move to the Buccaneers could be on the cards.

Kabelo Mahlasela (Bloemfontein Celtic)

The former Pirates youth player is reportedly wanted by Chiefs. Only time will tell.

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