Bucs looking at Congolese defender

Itoua, who plays for Diables Noirs in Congo-Brazzaville, was one of a number of new faces who featured for Pirates in the goalless pre-season friendly against University of Pretoria in Tshwane today.

New striker Lennox Bacela started the game against AmaTuks, while coach Roger de Sa brought in Ghana national team goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in place of Senzo Meyiwa in the second half.

Both Joseph Malongoane and Bongani Theletsane sat on the bench, but Aubrey Ngoma and William Thwala were given a run as they look to convince the technical team that they have what it takes to stay at the club.