De Sa says Majoro deal is all talk

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Majoro_Chiefs Gallo Images Lehohonolo Majoro's move to SuperSport United collapsed at the last minute. He has since been linked to a move to Orlando Pirates. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Johannesburg – Roger de Sa has voiced his admiration for striker Lehlohonolo Majoro, but the Orlando Pirates coach does not know whether he will sign for the Buccaneers in this month’s transfer window.

Majoro has been rumoured to be heading for Pirates since his move to SuperSport United broke down at the last minute this week.

“I have also read about it, but I think it is a lot of talk, and nothing has happened,” said De Sa on Wednesday. “We are looking for a central defender and a striker, there have been a lot of names thrown around and a lot of activity, but nothing has happened yet. Of course (I like Majoro), he is a Bafana player who has played for Chiefs, but I think a lot more has been said about it than the reality of the club chasing him.”

One striker who is close to being cleared to play for Pirates is 26-year-old Mozambican Helder Pelembe, with the Pirates coach believing it is now just a case of getting his permits in order.

“As far as I know, it is just a question of paperwork being finalised, international clearances and that,” said De Sa. “He will add to the squad, he is a goalscorer, a burly guy who can get himself about. He has a left foot and a right foot, is quite mobile and can shoot. If you take Lennox Bacela and Collins Mbesuma, I would say he is somewhere in between (as a type of striker). He is strong and mobile.”

The Pirates squad has been working hard in training this week, in preparation for the resumption of their Absa Premiership season. The Buccaneers will play three games this month, as they seek to play catch-up following their exploits last year in the African Champions League.

“We assembled on Sunday and we have been going heavy,” said De Sa. “It was a nice break, it was not too long, but hopefully enough to recharge the batteries. These next three games are important for us, they are real catch-up games. We will still be behind (the rest), but at least we will be able to monitor the situation a bit.”

Pirates host SuperSport United on the 18th, AmaZulu away on the 23rd and Ajax Cape Town at home on the 27th.

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