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7 Players That Could Swap Downs For Pirates

The Players That PiratesCould Swap For Manyisa

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By Soccer Laduma - Aug 13, 2017 11:57 AM

Following Oupa Manyisa’s departure from Orlando Pirates to Mamelodi Sundowns, it has been suggested that a number of players may be heading in the other direction. We now take a look at those candidates…

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As the Siya crew reported in Soccer Laduma issue number 1035, Sundowns are keen to offload Colombian striker, Leonardo Castro, and he could be headed for the Parktown-based club as part of the deal for the former Buccaneers captain. Along with Castro, it has been suggested that Siyanda Zwane, Asavela Mbekile, Mario Booysen, Cuthbert Malajila, Mogakolodi Ngele, Mzikayise Mashaba and Fiston Abdul Razak are amongst the other candidates that could form part of the deal.

Siyanda Zwane

With very little game time last season, a deal for Zwane wouldn’t make sense, especially considering that Pirates also have Nyauza, Matlaba, Mobara and Mthokozisi Dube (was on loan at Celtic last season).

Asavela Mbekile

He could provide cover in the defensive midfield position, but with only five league appearances last season it makes it difficult to tell how much value he would add in that position and, much like Zwane, a deal for Mbekile seems unlikely, considering Pirates’ options at right back.

Mario Booysen

Booysen appears to be one of the most logical options, given that Pirates would like to have more defensive cover. His 12.78 clearances per 90 minutes, as well as the fact that he won 61% of his duels at SuperSport United (on loan) last season, shows that he has the ability and the commitment to add something to Pirates’ struggling defence

Cuthbert Malajila

Malajila enjoyed a fine season at Bidvest Wits, having scored four goals, and his shooting accuracy of 61.1% is relatively good for a PSL striker – a conversion rate of 22.2% is also exceptional in any context. What may be even more valuable is that 83.3% of his shots were taken from inside the box.

Mogakolodi Ngele

Ngele could prove to be the perfect partner to Tendai Ndoro, considering his ability to pick a pass in high pressure zones, having completed 77.1% of his final third passes. However, his crossing was poor, with just 7.7% of them finding the target. His conversion rate was just 8.3%, but this is likely due to the high volume of shots that he took (2.85 per 90).

Mzikayise Mashaba

Mashaba is an incredible option in terms of versatility and is capable of playing all over the midfield and across the back four. What was truly outstanding about him was that he won 69.2% of his duels last season and will be a good option when it comes to keeping possession of the ball.

Fiston Abdul Razak

Razak would provide strength and quality up front in the air, having won 3.66 aerial duels per 90 minutes last season. However, Pirates may be concerned about his return of just one goal in 14 appearances for Bloemfontein Celtic last season.

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Goats talking goat Joined: 21 Jul 2017
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Goats talking goat Aug 16, 2017 11:35 AM
lucas moripe stadium is cursed, sundowns never win but draw and lose at the stadium, motsepe must kill a goat and clear the curse.
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thato357 Aug 15, 2017 07:47 AM
Mbekile and Ngele and buy Mashaba and Zwane, those players can really help the team and make it stronger. .
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Austine Tungu Aug 15, 2017 04:50 AM
Woow
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khurah88 Aug 14, 2017 04:35 PM
Apparently this is bull Sundowns played Kontat
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faceless Aug 14, 2017 08:35 AM
we were struggling last season not this season then please don't disturb our plan this season we are not a dumbing ground.
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queenisback Aug 14, 2017 08:29 AM
Ngele and Mbekile
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Moloiseun Aug 13, 2017 09:17 PM
Banna? Hothwe Malajila enjoyed a fine season scoring a whopping 4 goals. A whole striker? Ke mang a ntsa ngola rubbish e so?
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Samuel 72 Aug 13, 2017 06:00 PM
@George Lebese mario boosen & nqele
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realjoe75 Aug 13, 2017 05:00 PM
Anyone but malajila and fistos is fine.the colombian will add value to our crossing game.zwane is an obvious choice,pirates lacked real right back and has been improvising without success for some time now.and nyauza should be solda!
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swalala Aug 13, 2017 04:47 PM
Ngele is the only quality dt could add value if given a chance
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Roger. F.Dennis. L Aug 13, 2017 04:03 PM
wasted talent
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Nuttylona Aug 13, 2017 03:51 PM
Only Mario Booysen can help @central defence n may be Malajila in striking department. The rest no.
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Esindiluevi Aug 13, 2017 03:00 PM
@Bridgertte Layun
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Esindiluevi Aug 13, 2017 02:57 PM
I wish pirates can get ngele and mbekile
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Ngele nd malajila are staying put...
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tshavhuyo humbulani Aug 13, 2017 02:17 PM
Mbekile n castro
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George Lebese Aug 13, 2017 01:43 PM
what swapping now, we swapped with our great coach Rhulani what more do you want. Nawe editor stop being a go between for clubs. let them also use their brains.
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Vamza Aug 13, 2017 01:41 PM
Only ngele i would prefer
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@sbuda.com Aug 13, 2017 01:37 PM
Pirates must release matlaba,makola,gcaba,jele and sarr then sign Mashaba,NgeleNtshangase,booyse n,Hlatshwayo and Coetzee
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the truth remains,wth the donkeys bucs and chips have,m convinced tht we heading for another long dry season..sum idiots cn disagree bt ths's a FACT!..#bucs always

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