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Orlando Pirates confirm new signings, Mabasa returns 

Orlando Pirates have confirmed the arrival of two new signings Thalenthe Mbatha and Thabiso Lebitso, with striker Tshegofatso Mabasa returning to the club ahead of the second round of the season.

Lebitso joins the Buccaneers from Chippa United. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal. 

Meanwhile, Mbatha signed for Pirates from SuperSport United on an initial six-month loan deal with an option to purchase at the end of the season.  


The 28-year-old footballer shared his delight to have signed for the Soweto giants ahead of the DStv Premiership second round. 

“Joining Orlando Pirates is a significant milestone in my career, and I’m eager to make a meaningful contribution to the team’s success,” said Lebitso.

On the other hand, Mbatha expressed his hunger to succeed at Pirates and make the Bucs faithful happy. 

“I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to start playing. I see this as a golden opportunity and intend to make the most of it,” Mbatha stated.

Tshegofatso Mabasa returns to Orlando Pirates from Moroka Swallows.
Tshegofatso Mabasa returns to Orlando Pirates from Moroka Swallows


Pirates further revealed that they welcome back talented goalscorer Tshegofatso Mabasa who was on loan at Moroka Swallows. 

The side went on to confirm that they have parted ways with striker Eva Nga on a mutual agreement. 

“The Club can confirm it has also reached a mutual agreement for the departure of Eva Nga. Nga leaves after a stint of one and a half seasons with the team. We extend our heartfelt thanks to him for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavours,” read the club’s statement. 

“As we bid farewell to Nga, we welcome back a familiar face in Tshegofatso Mabasa who re-joins the Club after his loan spell at Moroka Swallows came to an end. Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the acquisition of Thalenthe Mbatha and Thabiso Lebitso.”

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