Thamsanqa Gabuza has been struggling to find goals for Orlando Pirates. Photo: BackpagePix
Orlando Pirates haven’t given up on finding a goal poacher after losing out on the services of Jeremy Brockie, who opted to join Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Buccaneers were in the race to sign former SuperSport United marksman Brockie.

Pirates are a little thin up front, having found the back of the net on 18 occasions in 18 league outings this season, despite having the likes of Thamsanqa Gabuza, Ayanda Nkosi, Thabiso Kutumela and Lyle Foster in their arsenal.

The club's administrative manager Floyd Mbele insists they are still keen on landing a clinical marksman.

Pirates also missed out on Thobani Mncwango, who joined Bidvest Wits from Polokwane City.

“The search is still on. We still want to sign a striker. That is on top of our priority right now," said Mbele.

"We are not disappointed that we missed out on Brockie. Why should we become disappointed? In football you win some and lose some and you need to understand that. So we are not disappointed that we missed out on him."

Gabuza and Luvuyo Memela are Pirates' leading scorers, having both scored three goals in league matches.

“If we can find a striker that can score goals then we would sign. Obviously we need to have a time frame but the search is still on,” Mbele added.

Pirates have struggled to find a top marksman who can bang in goals week in and week out since the departure of Tokelo Rantie and the retired Benni McCarthy.

They have tried different options.

Tendai Ndoro showed glimpses of being lethal last season but left the club to pursue his career in Saudi Arabia. He has since returned to South Africa, playing for Ajax Cape Town.

Pirates have had top strikers in the past, including the likes of Jerry Sikhosana, Pollen Ndlanya, the late Lesley Manyathela, McCarthy and Rantie.


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