Zambia striker Augustine Mulenga celebrates after scoring against the Ivory Coast during a CHAN fixture. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - They said that they “expect to make further announcements” before the transfer window closes, and Orlando Pirates weren’t joking.

Having announced the signing of Wits midfielder Xola Mlambo – who trended all day on Twitter – on Monday, the Buccaneers made another big move on Tuesday, one that is set to solve their need for a top-quality striker once and for all.

Zambian star Augustine Mulenga has joined Pirates on a three-year deal from Zanaco FC, after that he was reportedly courted by a number of clubs across the continent.

“We are delighted to have finally secured the services of Augustine. He is an accomplished player who has all the qualities to make an immediate impact at the club,” administrative officer Floyd Mbele said in a Pirates statement.

“I would like to thank Zanaco management for their professionalism during negotiations.”

Mulenga is the current Zambian Player of the Year, and is second on the goal-scorers’ list with three in the CHAN tournament in Morocco, where Zambia were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Sudan in a 1-0 defeat last Saturday.

The 28-year-old has also scored three goals in 13 appearances for his national team.

Mulenga boosts a Pirates strike-force consisting of Thamsanqa Gabuza, Lyle Foster, Thabiso Kutumela, Ayanda Nkosi and another Zambian in Justin Shonga, who scored his first goal for the Buccaneers in the 2-0 win over Platinum Stars at the weekend.

IOL Sport

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