Orlando Pirates Release Six Players in Major Squad Overhaul and Pursue Tanzanian Star Aziz Ki

Orlando Pirates Release Six Players in Major Squad Overhaul and Pursue Tanzanian Star Aziz Ki

Orlando Pirates have been creating space for new talent, following the release of six players last week.

The reshuffling within the Pirates squad is rumored to continue, with more players expected to leave to make way for new arrivals.

Recent Player Departures

Last week, Pirates quickly announced the departure of six players over five days. Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Richard Ofori, Kermit Erasmus, Thabang Monare, and Siyabonga Mpontshane were all released. This move appears to be aimed at filling their vacant first-team spots with new players who can elevate the club’s performance. One player of significant interest to the Buccaneers is Stephen Aziz Ki.

Aziz Ki’s Impressive Performance in CAF Champions League

Currently playing for Tanzanian league champions Yanga SC, Aziz Ki recently captivated South African fans in a CAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mamelodi Sundowns. His performance caught the attention of Orlando Pirates, who reportedly began pursuing a potential deal shortly after. There were even reports suggesting that the Sea Robbers had offered him a pre-contract.

Potential Complications in Signing Aziz Ki

Despite initial optimism, it now seems that Pirates’ pursuit of Aziz Ki may have encountered obstacles. According to Soccer-Laduma, other clubs are in a stronger position to sign him.

Competition for Aziz Ki

“Stephane Aziz Ki remains one of the most sought-after players in this transfer window following his impressive season in Tanzania. Several African clubs, including Orlando Pirates, have shown interest in signing him. However, his current club, Young Africans, are determined to keep him and are offering a new and improved contract. Additionally, AS FAR Rabat from Morocco has also expressed interest, complicating Pirates’ chances of securing his signature,” a source told the publication.

A Challenging Situation for Pirates

Convincing Aziz Ki to join Orlando Pirates now appears challenging. What are your thoughts on this situation, maBhakaniya? Feel free to comment below.