With the next transfer window set to open in January 2019, Goal takes a look at the players, who would strengthen the Orlando Pirates’ squad.

Peter Leeuwenburgh | Cape Town City | The Dutch shot-stopper has proved to be a top-class goalkeeper in his first five months with the Citizens. Pirates could really do with a reliable keeper like Leeuwenburgh with Siyabonga Mpontshane and Jackson Mabokgwane having failed to make the team’s number one spot their own, while Brilliant Khuzwayo struggles with a long-term injury.


Thulani Hlatshwayo | Bidvest Wits | The South Africa captain is a quality central defender, who can improve any defence in the PSL. Hlatshwayo would bring an impeccable experience to Pirates’ defence which has conceded unnecessary goals this season and his leadership skills are also one of his best assets having led Wits to the 2016/17 PSL title.

Mothobi Mvala | Highlands Park | The influential midfield maestro is a free scoring midfielder as he is topping the PSL goalscoring charts with seven goals. The 25-year-old player would bring goals to Pirates’ midfield and also provide cover for Xola Mlambo, who has been missed by the team especially in the Caf Champions League.

Siphesihle Ndlovu | Maritzburg United | The attacking midfielder has established himself as one of South Africa’s top prospects. The reigning PSL Young Player of the Season could head to Mamelodi Sundowns, who have agreed a deal to sign the player with Maritzburg United, but Ndlovu is reportedly yet to make up his mind with Pirates said to be interested in his services.

Evans Rusike | SuperSport United | The Zimbabwean marksman is one of the best finishers in the PSL and any local club would love to have a striker of his calibre on their books. Bucs lack a quality box striker like Rusike with Thamsanqa Gabuza having fallen out of favour and the latter has been linked with a move away from the Houghton-based side.