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Buccaneer doublespeak

RIDDLE. SuperSport United striker Mame Niang looks to be on Orlando Pirates' shopping list for next season. Picture: Backpagepix.

RIDDLE. SuperSport United striker Mame Niang looks to be on Orlando Pirates' shopping list for next season. Picture: Backpagepix.

Orlando Pirates are quickly developing the knack of being strangers to the truth.

The team’s officials tend to deny and defend the indefensible.

They did it with Lehlohonolo Majoro, and it proved damaging to their reputation.

What transpired, you may be asking yourself?

Pirates, you see, allegedly signed a pre-contract with Majoro last September while he was still a Kaizer Chiefs player.

This was in contravention of Fifa rules which state that clubs can only negotiate with a player when there are six months remaining on his current contract.

This was denied by Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele and Majoro’s agent Tim Sukazi also said this was not the case.

While denying this, Mbele said the Sea Robbers were not interested in signing Majoro and they do not intend to have him don the black and white Pirates kit.

The story ended as you might guess, and Majoro is now a Pirates player.

Now, Bucs are linked with signing SuperSport United’s Senegalese striker Mame Niang.

But, again, Mbele has been quoted in various mediums claiming this is not the case, although Niang looks unsettled at Matsatsantsa a Pitori and his exit from the Tshwane side looks a certainty.

Plus the towering striker was recently seen at Orlando Stadium attending a Pirates game.

Interestingly, even while Mbele was denying Majoro would be joining them, the former Chiefs striker was also seen at the Soweto venue watching Bucs play.

Niang now looks to be following in his footsteps and history dictates that Niang will be a Buccaneer next season.

Also rumoured to be on his way to Pirates is Golden Arrows striker Christopher Katongo.

Katongo is expected to look for a team in the top flight should Arrows fail in their efforts to beat the drop.

Katongo signed a short-term contract with Arrows and Pirates could sign him for free.

The experienced Katongo would add much-needed bite to the sluggish Pirates striking department.

At this stage in Mbele’s book, Katongo won’t be joining Pirates next season.

Watch this space.

 

 

 

 

 

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