For footballers, it’s always a dream come true when their childhood team shows interest in them. Therefore Fortune Makaringe heeded the call when Pirates asked him to trade the blue and white jersey of Midlands-based side Maritzburg United for the famous black and white jersey of Pirates from this season.
Makaringe joins an impeccable group of players who were Premiership runners-up the past two seasons.
Unlikely to fix it if it’s not broken, coach Micho Sredojevic will head into the new season banking on his usual guns to finally win the Premiership in his third season in charge.
However, far from despairing, Makaringe is confident he’ll fit in the team’s style of play, having previously admired from a distance.