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Orlando Pirates in transfer talks with Golden Arrows over defender

Orlando Pirates FC have opened talks with Lamontville Golden Arrows over the transfer of a highly-rated defender.

The Buccaneers have made their intentions clear about challenging Mamelodi Sundowns for the DStv Premiership next season, and they know what they have to do in the market.

Jose Riveiro’s men hoisted MTN8 and Nedbank Cup in the recently-ended campaign. It was a season to remember for them, with the Spaniard mentor dishing his naysayers big slices of humble pie.

With the CAF Champions League also in their sights, they need more troops.


FARPost has learnt that the Buccaneers have made Abafana Bes’thende’s Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo is one of their top defensive targets this transfer window.

According to a source, the Soweto giants and the KZN-based club are discussing but yet to come to any agreement.

Orlando Pirates interested in Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo
Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo. Picture by Golden Arrows

Arrows snapped up Hlatshwayo on a free transfer after he parted ways with Marumo Gallants in the midseason.

Before he joined the Mato Madlala-owned side, he played seven games for Bahlabani Ba Ntwa. Meanwhile, he has featured in 15 games at Arrows across all competitions.

At Arrows, the 29-year-old was primarily utilised in the right-back position rather than the centre-back which he shone in at Gallants.


Moreover, Pirates and Arrows still have more business to discuss, with the future of Ntsako Makhubela still undecided.

Makhubela joined Abafana Bes’thende in January on loan from Pirates after a turbulent stay at the Soweto giants.

He seems to be relishing his football life again in Durban. And now, as previously reported by FARPost, Abafana Bes’thende have also expressed their interest in keeping the Johannesburg-born.

This publication understands that Makhubela is also keen to stay put at Arrows. He has played 14 matches and rattled the back of the net only on one occasion.

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