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'Signing Siyabonga Mpontshane was obvious' say Orlando Pirates

Posted: 2 February 2015 Time: 12:26

Orlando Pirates football manager Floyd Mbele says it made perfect sense for the club to sign Siyabonga Mpontshane and Tshepo Gumede from Platinum Stars.

Both players' contracts were coming to an end in June and Mbele sees the logic of these players signing, especially for the goalkeeping department as it was much needed after the tragic death of Senzo Meyiwa last year.

However, Pirates loaned out Daine Klate to SuperSport United with an option to sign him as his contract is also ending in June and sold Tlou Segolela to Stars, which could be seen as part of the deal to bring in Mpontshane and Gumede.

"We looked at the report we got from the technical committee in terms of areas that we needed to reinforce and it was obvious that we needed a goalkeeper," Mbele tells KickOff.com.

"This [January] window period is a willing-seller and willing-buyer market and it is not so much like June where people are out of contract, so we had make sure that we reinforce the goalkeeper department and we had very good discussions with Platinum Stars in terms of getting those players.

"Our priority was to get them now and obviously we have had so many injuries which we have been experiencing, although at this moment we only have Patrick [Phungwayo] out. That is why we acted in a courteous way by loaning Gladwyn Shitolo so we can be able to mitigate Dikwena's problem in defence as well."

Mbele, before returning to Pirates a couple seasons ago, was football manager at Platinum Stars but says that fact did not make signing the players easier.

"No, it was not that easy. Every new deal is a new deal. The fact that I may have known these players may have had an advantage, but it doesn't make the discussions much easier," he adds.

The Sea Robbers have also brought in Mpho Mvelase from Chippa United, while players who have left the club on loan are Helder Pelembe and Siphesihle Sangweni to Golden Arrows.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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