Zungu's shock Pirates move explained


Orlando Pirates made the unexpected signing of Nkanyiso Zungu on the last day of the January transfer window. Here's how it happened.

The Buccaneers surprised many with the signing of the 24-year-old midfielder from Stellenbosch last Friday, and his agent Mike Makaab has explained how they managed to secure the deal.

"It was very quick. Literally 48 hours before we received a call from Pirates, then my office in Cape Town spoke to Stellenbosch," reveals Makaab.

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"When we signed with Stellenbosch as a free agent [in 2018], we put in a release clause. Pirates triggered that clause. Stellebosch couldn’t stand in the young man’s way.

"Now Zungu has realised his dream."

The development product of AmaZulu also played for Jomo Cosmos and Thanda Royal Zulu before reuniting with Steve Barker, who promoted him in Usuthu.

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Makaab says Zungu has a lot to offer at Pirates but will have to change a lot of things because of the pressure to impress at Parktown.

"He always wanted to play for Orlando Pirates. Now he has an opportunity to show that he's talented. He's got to work extremely hard," Makaab admits.

"I think things have been coming easy for him and now he has to roll up his sleeves and work hard, to show what he's capable of.

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"I think it was very important for him to move. Sometimes a change of environment is needed for a young footballer. They need to get away from their comfort zone.

"He went to Stellenbosch and showed glimpses because I don't think we've seen what Zungu is capable of doing.

"He reminds me of an old-fashioned footballer in a modern environment, great skills, and being at Pirates will force him to fight and deliver."

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