Just after the halfway mark of the 2018/19 PSL season, Orlando Pirates are still well in contention for their fifth league title and could be looking to further advance their chances with a few more signings.
The Buccaneers are five points away from the table-topping Bidvest Wits, but kicked off the January transfer window pretty much ahead of the pack regarding transfer activity, having brought in hard-tackling defender, Alfred Ndengane from Bloemfontein Celtic before the end of the year.
However the coach is said to have woken up on the fight to strengthen his squad with the names of the five players stated below.
According to the Source, the below mentioned players would be joining Pirates before the end of January transfer window comes to an end and the total mount Pirates would be spending to sign this five plyers is said to be over R30 million
Simbarashe Chinani (Dynamos)
Despite having four first-team shot-stoppers in their ranks – three of them internationals – the Orlando Pirates goalkeeping department has been rather shaky of late, and the club is rumoured to be eyeing young Dynamos number 1, Simbarashe Chinani.
The 22-year-old’s performances in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPSL) have drawn interest from top leagues in Africa and the Middle East and, according to Goal, the Soweto giants are looking to offload the experienced Wayne Sandilands to make room for him.
Should he sign on in January, Chinani will compete with Siyabonga Mpontshane and the Bafana duo of Jackson Mabokgwane and Brilliant Khuzwayo for the gloves.
Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Defensive frailties have encumbered Orlando Pirates’ bid to end a trophy drought closing in on half a decade and, with top players at Bloemfontein Celtic possibly up for the taking, the Soweto giants could be looking to bring Tshepo Rikhotso on board.
Emiliano Tade (AmaZulu)
Another player said to be on Orlando Pirates radar is AmaZulu frontman Emiliano Tade, who has notched up six goals in all competitions in his first season in the PSL.
Craig Martin (Cape Town City)
The Buccaneers are also said to be eyeing a move for Cape Town City winger Craig Martin, but are facing stiff competition from rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Karabo Tshepe (Black Leopards)
Reports linking Black Leopards attacking midfielder Karabo Tshepe to a move to Johannesburg date as far back as last season, as he was said to be the subject of interest from Kaizer Chiefs.
Two more teams have entered the fray, with Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park believed to be slugging it out for the player’s signature.