Vincent Pule (right) will leave BidVest Wits when his contract expires at the end of June to join Orlando Pirates. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Vincent Pule (right) will leave BidVest Wits when his contract expires at the end of June to join Orlando Pirates. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Brilliant Khuzwayo is one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in South Africa, but played second fiddle to Bafana stalwart Itu Khune at Kaizer Chiefs last season. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Brilliant Khuzwayo is one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in South Africa, but played second fiddle to Bafana stalwart Itu Khune at Kaizer Chiefs last season. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – He was linked with Kaizer Chiefs as well, but Wits midfielder Vincent Pule has decided to join Orlando Pirates.

IOL Sport reported recently that the 26-year-old Pule was due to join the Buccaneers instead of the Amakhosi, and Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that the left-footed player will turn out for Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team next season.

In fact, they announced a whopping total of nine new signings, with most of them already known in the soccer world. As expected, defender Asavela Mbekile joins from Mamelodi Sundowns, while another former Wits player in Ben Motshwari will play out of Orlando Stadium.

Goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs), Abel Mabaso, Paseka Mako and Linda Mntambo (all Chippa United), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows), and Meshack Maphangule (Black Leopards) will add further punch and depth to an already impressive Pirates squad that finished second behind Sundowns on the league table last season.

Some Buccaneers fans were disappointed that Sredojevic couldn’t secure the signature of former star Andile Jali, who has joined Sundowns, but with the mass arrival of the new players, Pirates are well-stocked to take on Masandawana.

“More details on the signings will be made available closer to the start of pre-season. The nine players will join the rest of the squad when the team returns for pre-season training on June 18,” Pirates said in a statement.

“Strengthening of the squad has been the number one priority for the administrative office in anticipation of a gruelling season which will see the club competing in five competitions, including the CAF Champions League, which starts in November. The Absa Premiership is expected to start on the weekend of the 3-5 August.”


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