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CT Spurs set to sign former Orlando Pirates defender

Cape Town Spurs looks set to sign a former Orlando Pirates defender as the club continues to bolster its squad.

CT Spurs are deep in the murky waters of relegation after winning only two of their 17 games this season. They also managed a draw, losing the other 14 games.

The Premiership returnees gained promotion after winning the PSL promotional playoffs, having finished second in the Motsepe Foundation Championship last season. However, the signings they made going into the 2023/24 season barely improved the strength of the squad.

They signed Tremaine Eastmond, Neil Boshoff, Sam Ramsbottom, Riyaaz Nell, Dylan Stoffels, Shaquille Abrahams, Keagan Buchanan, Luvuyo Phewa, Siyanda Msani and Nicholus Lukhubeni going into the season.

After losing all seven opening games of the season, they parted ways with Shaun Bartlett, the man who guided them back to the top-flight.

Ernst Middendorp took over in November after technical director Sean Connor held the fort for a while. Since the arrival of the former Kaizer Chiefs coach, CT Spurs have signed Rafiq De Goede, Sphesihle Maduna, Gadiel Kamagi, Katlego Maphathe and Azola Jakalashe.

Former Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Surprise Ralani was signed in October, a month before Middendorp’s arrival.


Tshepo Gumede during his Orlando Pirates days
Tshepo Gumede

Former Orlando Pirates defender Tshepo Gumede could be their next signing after they reportedly decided to acquire his services.

The 32-year-old arrived at Cape Town Spurs last week and had reportedly been training under the watchful eye of Middendorp. He recently parted ways with Maritzburg United after less than a season at the club.

Before that, Gumede was part of the Marumo Gallants squad that reached the semifinal of the CAF Confederation Cup.

His experience would be valuable to the CT Spurs defence as they look to stave off relegation. The defender also had stints at Cape Town City FC, AmaZulu FC, SuperSport United, and the now-defunct Platinum Stars.

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