Orlando Pirates according to reports have lined up the services of Uthongathi FC striker Siyabonga Vilane.

 

The 32-year-old, who joined ‘The Cane Cutters’ in August 2017 from ABC Motsepe League side Milton FC, has scored six times this season, which includes a hat-trick against Ubuntu Cape Town and a brace against Witbank Spurs.

 

Vilane is no stranger to the Absa Premiership as he previously had a stint with AmaZulu FC in the 2010/11 season, where he made only 12 outings and scored once, before moving to African Wanderers in 2013. He also played for Mpumalanga Black Aces under Muhsin Ertugral the following year, but only registered one substitute appearance before he was released. What followed then was a stint in Thailand at Ratchaburi Mitr Phol.

 

“Oh yes, we’ve lost one of our good players,” a source at Uthongathi said

“It looks like we are going to lose Vilane to Orlando Pirates. He is our leading goalscorer man, he’s got six or seven goals in the NFD. I understand he hasn’t signed a contract yet, but I understand he’s been talking to Baroka ja. I don’t know if he’s signed the contract, but he’s been talking to Orlando Pirates, he trained with the team this morning.

“Look we can’t give our good players away, we need to recruit good players as well. We can’t give all our good players away, but I think the club has to balance the books you know.”

According to another source close to the player, the transfer will be finalised this week.

“It has not happened yet, but yes it is going to happen. Siyabonga is still busy with the two clubs. I think maybe by tomorrow or so they will confirm everything.”