- A rumour has emerged that is set to get football fans chattering excitedly about its eventual conclusion
- Out-of-favour Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kermit Erasmus is being linked with a move to Orlando Pirates
- He left the Buccaneers after a successful stint there for French Ligue 1 one team Rennes in 2016
An unexpected rumour is doing the rounds in local favour.
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kermit Erasmus, currently out in the cold and expected to leave the club, has been linked with a return to Orlando Pirates.
A source told The Citizen:
“Pirates can afford Erasmus, but he is hesitant to make a move there because it is not really the head coach, Jose Riveiro, who is keen on having the player at Pirates, it is more of a move from the top brass. At the same time, the boy does not want to get himself in a situation where he is going to struggle for game time.”
According to Transfermarkt, the 32-year-old centre-forward made 80 appearances for the Buccaneers between 2013 and 2016, scoring 21 times for the Soweto giants. He impressed to such an extent that French Ligue 1 outfit Stade Rennes came calling for him in January 2016.
Since then he has turned out for the likes of Sweden's AFC Eskilstuna, Vitoria Setubal in Portugal and Cape Town City, before his big-money move from the Mother City to Tshwane in October 2020.
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Pavol Safranko leaves Mamelodi Sundowns with Kermit Erasmus expected to follow
Mamelodi Sundowns has begun a clear-out as the club looks to balance its books as well as the squad.
As reported by Sports Brief, Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko has been released from Sundowns after just one season. Having joined at the start of the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season, he made 16 appearances for the yellow-and-blue, scoring five times in the league.
It was also reported that Kermit Erasmus is expected to be offloaded by Bafana Ba Style, having failed to establish himself in the matchday squad across all competitions. He joined the club from Cape Town City in October 2020.