Kermit Erasmus and 4 Orlando Pirates Players Who May Depart the Buccaneers After the 2023/24 Season

Kermit Erasmus and 4 Orlando Pirates Players Who May Depart the Buccaneers After the 2023/24 Season

Byron Pillay
updated at May 18, 2024 at 8:09 AM
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  • Richard Ofori may still be Ghana's number-one choice, but he isn't at Orlando Pirates
  • Kermit Erasmus is ending his second spell at the Buccaneers, but it isn't as successful
  • Pirates are keen to sell Tshegofatso Mabasa despite extending his contract recently

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The end of the 2023/ 24 DStv Premiership season is around the corner.

While the season officially ends on June 30, the 16 teams will contest their final fixtures at the end of May.

Kermit Erasmus' contract expires at the end of the season at Orlando Pirates.
Kermit Erasmus could be one of the players on their way out of Orlando Pirates when the season ends. Image: @iDiskiTimes.
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That also means some players will make their last appearances for their current teams before their contracts run out.

Sports Brief looks at five Orlando Pirates stars whose contracts expire at the end of the season and whether any will stay.

5 Pirates stars whose contracts expire

Richard Ofori

Ofori has fallen down the pecking order at the Buccaneers and could soon depart the club.

Sipho Chaine is Pirates’ current number one, while Melusi Buthelezi has also leapfrogged the 30-year-old.

The Ghanaian is still the Black Stars’ number one, and while the Pirates can extend his contract by a year, The Citizen reported that no deal has been made yet.

Bandile Shandu

Shandu joined the Buccaneers in 2021 and has made 87 appearances since then.

Shandu has been a regular for the club, but his contract expires at the end of the season, and there is no word on whether he will stay for another season.

Soccer Laduma reported last month that the 29-year-old had not heard from the club.

Thabang Monare

Now 34 years old, Monare’s time at Pirates seems all but over.

The midfielder joined the club from Bidvest Wits in 2020 and has 93 appearances for the side.

Monare has attracted interest from other clubs as rumours swirl that he will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Tshegofatso Mabasa

Mabasa’s case is much different from any of his compatriots.

While his deal was set to expire at the end of June, the Pirates quickly extended it by two more years.

The Sea Robbers’ extending his contract doesn’t necessarily mean he will stay, as some European sides are interested in his services, and Pirates are willing to sell.

Mamelodi Sundowns are also said to be keen on signing the striker.

Kermit Erasmus

Speaking of Sundowns, one of their former attackers’ contracts also expires at the end of the season.

Erasmus is currently in his second stint at the Sea Robbers, but it has not been as successful as his first.

While Pirates have not yet announced that Erasmus will be leaving, the player is said to have found a new agency and is hoping that they find him a new club.

Modise backs Pirates to challenge Sundowns

Sports Brief reported how Teko Modise had backed Pirates to challenge Sundowns for the DStv Premiership title next season.

The Sea Robbers have not won the league title since 2012, but have impressed in cup competitions under new coach, Jose Riveiro.

Modise feels that Pirates are gradually improving and have the squad depth to take the fight to the Brazilians next season.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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