After a productive transfer window that saw three big signings confirmed by Pirates, the team will head into the semi-final first leg of the MTN8 when they face Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday at Orlando Stadium | Pirates vs Sundowns.
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It will be a massive match-up between two teams that look likely to be the leading title contenders in local football this season, with ex-Bucs star Siyabonga Sangweni certainly encouraged by the transfer work completed by his former team.
Indeed, as the transfer deadline drew towards a close at midnight on Thursday, Orlando Pirates officially announced the signing of talented Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo on a three-year deal, but more bombshell news greeted Buccaneers fans on Friday morning.
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In a largely unexpected announcement to end the week, Pirates also confirmed the recruitment of Kermit Erasmus on a two-year deal. Romeo, as he is affectionately known, returns to the club having left to join French outfit Stade Rennais back in 2016.
Pirates stated that the experienced forward joins the Buccaneers having recently been “cleared by his former employer”, and becomes the sixth senior signing of the season.
On becoming a Buccaneer once more, Erasmus said: “It’s good to be back!” and Sangweni believes the playmaker can certainly make a big difference back in Soweto.
“I am happy Kermit Erasmus is back at Pirates as he is an incredibly talented player,” Sangweni told FARPost. “Orlando Pirates got an influential person in him [Erasmus]; he was the last piece of the puzzle that was needed because they play good football.“They [Pirates] have done so well in this transfer season, they definitely winning something, starting with MTN8,” he concluded.
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Pirates have also confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Sipho Chaine. The 25-year-old signs from Chippa United on a three-year deal.
Meanwhile, a statement described Ndlondlo as a player “blessed with superb technical ability, creativity, an incisive range of passing and a willingness to work hard for his team, Ndlondo has shown to be adept in both in attack and defensive situations”.
Moments after putting pen to paper, Ndlondlo told SSiTV “I am happy to be here. This is a dream come true for me.“With the window closing today, I didn’t think a move would happen, but football is an unpredictable game anything is possible. Here I am today speaking to you as an Orlando Pirates player.“I would like to express my gratitude to everybody at Marumo Gallants. To the players, coaches, and management, thank you for a wonderful couple of years…and to the fans, you will always have a place in my heart.“As I said before, it’s a dream to be here and I look forward to joining up with my new teammates. I come here looking to make a meaningful contribution to this great institution,” he concluded.
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