Mabena has failed to command a place in the Bucs starting line-up since signing back in 2009.
The Buccaneers are preparing for the start of the new campaign but will have to face arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup later this month.
Mabena has been commended for his work ethic, but the numbers don’t give a true reflection of this. The forward featured just four times for Pirates last season and has scored a paltry 12 goals in five seasons.
The 27-year-old Mabena is expected to replace the prolific Siphelele Mthembu, who has joined Chiefs.
Meanwhile, comeback kids Chippa United are leaving nothing to chance for the upcoming campaign. The Chilli Boys broke all sorts of records two seasons ago in their debut in the top tier.
The team are now understood to be close to sealing a deal with Ghanaian defender John Paintsil of Santos.
– Free State Stars have confirmed Belgian Tom Saintfiet as their new head coach.