Pirates confirm first signing

Orlando Pirates have announced their first new signing of the current transfer window in the form of a surprise addition in the goalkeeping department.

Pirates have announced the signing of a new goalkeeper Joris Delle, who replaces Jackson Mabokgwane following his release from the club.

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Delle is a 29-year-old French national who has played in his homeland, Belgium and the Netherlands in a career spanning 12 years to date.

Pirates recently allowed Mabokgwane to leave upon the expiry of his contract, opting to fill his void with the free agent who was last on the books of Eredivisie side Feyenoord.

The lanky shotstopper has penned a three-year deal with The Buccaneers, joining new goalkeeper coach Joyri Nieminen, who also arrived on Monday.

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He is set to compete with Wayne Sandilands, Brilliant Khuzwayo and Siyabonga Mpontshane for the number-one jersey.

Speaking to his new club's website, Delle expressed: “I am glad to join this prestigious football club called Orlando Pirates and starting a new adventure in South Africa.

“Happy to be part of an ambitious club with amazing fans, who will accompany us on the road of success.

"I think that I will be the first French player to play for the Pirates. I would like also be the first to win titles there. Let’s go for it, it starts by a good pre-season!”

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