7 Star Players Orlando Pirates Could Offload Ahead of Championship Pursuit Next Season

7 Star Players Orlando Pirates Could Offload Ahead of Championship Pursuit Next Season

Raphael Abiola
updated at May 30, 2024 at 7:16 AM
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  • Orlando Pirates are ready to release some players this summer ahead of next season
  • The Buccaneers finished second behind Sundowns in the 2023-24 DStv Premiership
  • The Soweto giants also have some player contract situations they'll need to resolve

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Orlando Pirates are already said to be making transfer plans ahead of next season after a successful 2023-24 campaign in the South African top flight.

The Buccaneers finished second behind Mamelodi Sundowns on the DStv Premiership table, in turn securing a ticket for the 2024-25 CAF Champions League.

Pirates were busy in the transfer market last season, signing Siphelo Baloni of All Stars FC, Katlego Otladisa of Marumo Gallants, and Melusi Buthelezi of TS Galaxy.

Orlando Pirates players celebrate after scoring their first goal during the Premier Soccer League (PSL) football match against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on March 9, 2024. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
Orlando Pirates could witness a mass exodus this summer. Photo Credit: Phill Magakoe.
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After losing Thembinkosi Lorch to Mamelodi Sundowns and Bienvenu Eva Nga to Chippa United in the winter transfer window, they added Thabiso Lebitso and Thalenthe Mbatha to their ranks.

According to a report by the South African, as per a Soccer Laduma source, the Bucs are now willing to offload as many as seven players in the summer transfer window.

Seven players Pirates could offload this summer

Pirates have a large squad and intend to add more quality due to their participation in the Champions League, which means some players will have to leave on loan or permanently.

Sources claimed players like Boitumelo Radiopane, Azola Matrose, Azola Tshobeni, Cebo Mchunu, Katlego Otladisa, Lesedi Kapinga, and Thabiso Sesane are all expected to leave the club this summer.

The Soweto Giants also have an essential decision to make this summer, as ten players' contracts will expire next month (June).

The likes of Olisa Ndah, Richard Ofori, Kermit Erasmus, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Mthethwa, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Fortune Makaringe, Deon Hotto, Thabang Monare, and Makhehlene Makhaula.

The club risks losing all ten players if action is not taken before the expiration of these deals.

Orlando Pirates legend calls out Riveiro

Sports Brief earlier reported on Bruce Ramokgadi, a former Pirates striker, bashing Jose Riveiro and saying he will never lead the club to a league title.

The Bucs legend said he was unimpressed with the current coach's management style and stated he tended to change the team way too much for his liking.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.