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Pirates may regret loaning this young striker.

A former Orlando Pirates striker is baffled by the club's choice to loan out development product Boitumelo Radiopane and fears it could come back to harm the Bucs.

Andries Sebola thinks new signing Radiopane deserves a shot at the first team, and with Tshegofatso Mabasa on loan at Sekhukhune United and Zakhale Lepasa prone to injury, having him there would provide some much-needed depth up front for the Soweto giants.

Many of the Pirates' forwards have missed significant time due to long-term injuries, contributing to the team's struggles in the final third during the past two seasons.

Since Radiopane is a product of the club's youth system, he should have been preserved. Why are we training for the junior squad when we should be training for the senior team, Sebola asked the Siya team.

He was promoted to the first team, and I think he was supposed to play more games last season, especially with the arrival of new coach Jose Riveiro to the club.

He said, "Loaning him out was not the best move if you ask me; Radiopane is a powerful striker, he scored many goals in the reverse league [DStv Diski Challenge] last season."

Even though Sebola, a former hitman, is concerned that the Pirates already have four strikers on their books (including Kwame Peprah), he is still holding out hope that the club will add at least two more strikers to enhance the assault.


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