Xola Mlambo gestures during December's Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates on Monday confirmed the signing of midfielder Xola Mlambo from ABSA Premiership defending champions Bidvest Wits.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement with Bidvest Wits for the signing of midfielder Xolani Mlambo. The deal is subject to a medical,” the club said in a statement.

“‘Ten Ten’, as the 26-year old is known, will be a valuable addition to the Buccaneers midfield. The Mighty Buccaneers are expected to make further announcements as the club looks to bolster the squad as the Absa Premiership season enters its final stretch.” 

Mamelodi Sundowns are also understood to have been interested in Mlambo, who had fallen down the pecking order at the Clever Boys this season. 

Initial reports suggested that Mlambo would join the Buccaneers in a swap deal, with defender Abbubaker Mobara heading in the opposite direction. It is not yet known if Mobara could still join Wits in a seperate transfer.

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