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Pirates to let go of Sangweni, Gabuza

Posted: 3 April 2018 Time: 11:33

KickOff.com has learnt that Orlando Pirates are expected to part ways with midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni at the end of the season.

Sangweni has struggled for game time at Pirates since joining the club at the start of the campaign. Unlike his brother Siyabonga who made a huge mark by helping the Buccaneers win the league title in his first season in 2011/12, Sangweni has only made three league appearances since signing from Chippa United in his maiden campaign with the Soweto giants.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was expected to make a loan move to AmaZulu during January transfer window period, but the deal fell through in the last minute.

Sangweni, who trained with Bidvest Wits before making a move to Pirates, is expected to be joined by the likes of Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Thembela Sikhakhane and Thamsanqa Gabuza, according to a source close to the Soweto Giants.

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"Sangweni has fallen out of favour with the technical team.  There is no chance of coming back,” said the source.

"Gabuza is also another player leaving when the club finalises the transfer list at the end of the season,” he added.

Gabuza made 14 league appearances in the first half of the season, but has only featured twice in 2018. Justin Shonga has been the preferred striker, while Augustine Mulenga, who was signed in January, is another option upfront for the Buccaneers. Thabiso Kutumela, who is out nursing an injury, is an another option upfront for the Pirates technical team.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo and Bidvest Wits midfielders Ben Motswari and Phumlani Ntshangase are some players linked with moves to Pirates next season.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

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