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RELEASE: Pirates signed two young players before Chiefs.

RELEASE: Pirates signed two young players before Chiefs.

Two gifted teenage athletes who recently trained at Naturena have reportedly signed with Orlando Pirates.

Gomolemo "Giggs" Khuto and Lucky Bule, two promising young attackers who may have been signed by Chiefs, were invited to Naturena last week, according to SABC Sport. Instead, a deal has been made for the two players to join the Buccaneers organisation between the Pirates and Orbit College in Rustenburg.

According to Orbit College head coach Pogiso Makhoye, "Yes, it is true, the lads practised with the Chiefs reserve squad for three days last week and they were impressed with them, but regrettably they were sluggish to react and Pirates came back to seal the deal."

During the Pirates Cup, which was hosted in Johannesburg, you may recall that Pirates first saw the boys, but according to them, they were waiting for us to finish the ABC Motsepe play-offs. Chiefs also entered the scene at that time, which is how the guys ended up in Naturena for evaluation. However, we are now glad to have reached an agreement with Pirates, who also paid us appropriately for raising the boys.


As both of their teams go through a rebuilding phase, Soweto rivals Chiefs and Pirates have announced a slew of new player acquisitions.

The Glamour Boys' quest for victory has been bolstered by the addition of Dillan Solomons, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and Lehlogonolo George Matlou from Swallows FC; Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu; and Mduduzi Shabalala, who has been officially promoted from the Chiefs Reserve side. Preparations for the 2022–23 season are already well underway.

In the past month, Chiefs management and the technical team have been working hard to try and find the right players to fit into the system that will hopefully bring DStv Premiership success in the upcoming season. They have already secured the services of Ashley Du Preez and Zitha Kwinika for the next three years.

Solomons, a 26-year-old wingback and right-side defender from Steenberg in Cape Town, is from there. He participated in all four Dube Birds play-off games and 29 matches for Swallows during the previous season. He signed a four-year contract with Naturena.

Mahlatsi, a superb offensive midfielder from Sebokeng in the Vaal Triangle, who has committed to Amakhosi till 2025, will be joining him.

The trio of players departing for Chiefs from Swallows includes Matlou, who is also 23. The midfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with a one-year extension option.

Siyethemba Sithebe, a Newcastle native who gained attention earlier this year as a dynamic playmaker, has been signed by Chiefs on a two-year contract that runs from July 1 through June 30, 2024.

Mduduzi Shabalala, one of the extremely promising young players from the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy, made enough of an impression to earn a three-year deal with the senior club after spending the previous few seasons with the Reverse team. A quick and little player, he can also play as an attacking midfielder. He was invited to a trial with Belgian club KVC Westerlo during the close of the previous campaign, where he stood out. Villareal, who had been impressed by his outstanding achievements in the Cosafa U20 Championship, invited him to spend time with them in Spain as well.

As the Buccaneers continue to assemble their roster for the upcoming season, Orlando Pirates announced last week that they had signed Evidence Makgopa, Bienvenu Eva Nga, Miguel Timm, and Azola Matrose.

This news follows the announcement that they had struck a deal with Golden Arrows for the transfer of Nkosinathi Sibisi, and the quartet will be a part of pre-season training.

Another defender has recently joined Pirates from AmaZulu, and his name is Tapelo Xoki, a 27-year-old defender.


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