Wed. Sep 30th, 2020

Orlando Pirates part ways with four first-team players

orlando piratesThabo Qalinge was among four first-team players released by Orlando Pirates on Wednesday.

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Thabo Qalinge, Jackson Mabokgwane, Abbubaker Mobara and Ayanda Nkosi have been released by Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, as the club looks to refresh its squad ahead of the upcoming season.

The Buccaneers have released a total of 16 players, with the bulk of the list made up of reserves and youth players.

Of those who have played for the first-team, Mobara has found a new home, having been unveiled as a Cape Town City player on Wednesday morning.

The Mother City outfit has also been linked with goalkeeper Mabokgwane, while Qalinge is reportedly on rivals Kaizer Chiefs’ radar.

Both players featured sporadically for the club in the past season, with the shot-stopper falling down the pecking order behind Wayne Sandilands and Siyabonga Mpontshane, with Brilliant Khuzwayo’s recovery from a long-term injury spelling ominous signs for the player.

The 31-year-old’s contract with the club is due to end later in June, and has not been renewed for another season.

Qalinge – on the other hand – made only 14 appearances for the club across competitions, mostly from the bench, and his exit puts to an end a three-year Pirates spell plagued by injury.

The other player in the quarterly, Nkosi spent most of his Pirates career on loan elsewhere, with spells at Free State Stars and, more recently, in the National First Division with Jomo Cosmos.

The Buccaneers are also expected to unveil new signings in the coming days, with the likes of Fortune Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Bongani Sam rumoured to have already joined the club.

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