Bril­liant move by Bucs

The ad­di­tion of goal­keeper Wayne Sandi­lands, mid­fielder Tham­sanqa Sang­weni and for­ward Chris­tian Obio­zor should help im­prove the team’s for­tunes

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Af­ter strength­en­ing their spine with the sign­ing of three new play­ers, Or­lando Pi­rates should rise to the oc­ca­sion next sea­son.

The ar­rival of goal­keeper Wayne Sandi­lands will go a long way in help­ing Or­lando Pi­rates shut the back door.

Tham­sanqa Sang­weni will give much­needed sta­bil­ity in the mid­dle of the park and Nige­rian for­ward Chris­tian Obio­zor will ease the pres­sure on the team’s un­der­per­form­ing strik­ers.

For the past three sea­sons, Pi­rates’ Achilles heel has been their last line of de­fence in which the likes of Felipe Ovono, Brighton Mh­longo and Siyabonga Mpontshane have failed to make the num­ber one jer­sey their own.

In fact, since the death of Senzo Meyiwa in 2014, Pi­rates have not had a re­li­able shot stop­per.

How­ever, the ar­rival of Sandi­lands (34), who joins Pi­rates from Mamelodi Sun­downs and comes with lots of ex­pe­ri­ence, should pro­vide them with enough cover.

Pi­rates have also im­proved their strike force with the sign­ing of Obio­zor. They have been found want­ing upfront, where the likes of Tham­sanqa Gabuza and Tendai Ndoro faded as the sea­son wore on.

Sang­weni should com­ple­ment cap­tain Oupa Many­isa in the mid­dle of the park.

On the other side, Kaizer Chiefs are wait­ing for the ar­rival of three in­ter­na­tional strik­ers to bol­ster their strike force. Chiefs foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said they would make the an­nounce­ment this week.

“As soon as they land, we will let you know. They are all strik­ers be­cause that’s where we need man­power,” said Mo­taung.

Amakhosi have al­ready signed Phi­lani Zulu from Mar­itzburg United, as well as for­mer Cape Town City winger Bhon­go­lethu Jayiya. Zim­bab­wean de­fender Teenage Hadebe has joined from Chicken Inn.

For­mer Plat­inum Stars striker Ndu­miso Mabena is ex­pected to ar­rive in the City of Roses to­day to join Bloem­fontein Celtic, but Chiefs are also ru­moured to be af­ter his sig­na­ture.

New­com­ers AmaZulu have ac­quired the ser­vices of Sa­dat Ouro-Ako­riko, Sduduzo Dlamini, Jab­u­lani Ncobeni, Siyabonga Mbatha and Siyethemba Mn­guni.

Baroka FC have also been busy on the trans­fer mar­ket af­ter sign­ing Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional Tal­ent Chawapiwa from FC Plat­inum and for­mer Kaizer Chiefs striker Lewis Macha. Jab­u­lani Shongwe could also make a move to Baroka FC from cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits.

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IM­AGES PHOTO: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI / GALLO IM­AGES

AVAIL­ABLE Jab­u­lani Shongwe is ru­moured to be on his way to Baroka IN DE­MAND Ndu­miso Mabena is ex­pected to join Celtic

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IM­AGES

SAFE HANDS Wayne Sandi­lands will bring the sta­bil­ity that Pi­rates need

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