Pirates to make big decision on keepers

Premiership

Orlando Pirates are set to make a big decision with regards to their goalkeeping department at the end of the season.

This comes because first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands' contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Sandilands signed a three-year contract with Pirates a few seasons ago after helping Mamelodi Sundowns win the CAF Champions League.

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The former Platinum Stars keeper has failed to win any major trophy since joining the Mighty Buccaneers.

With Sandilands turning 37 in August, it remains to be seen if Bucs will still offer him a long-term contract considering his age, even though goalkeepers are said to mature with age.

French goalkeeper Joris Delle, who turns 30 this Sunday, has received a baptism of fire since arriving in South Africa conceding no less than two goals per match in almost all of the opportunities he has been given.

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Delle's future with the Soweto giants remains uncertain considering he takes up a foreign spot and has spent most of his time at the club sitting on the bench.

Third-choice shot-stopper Siyabonga Mpontshane remains an unused member of Pirates' squad this season.

The 33-year-old has never been considered as a number one goalkeeper at Pirates since joining the club from Platinum Stars a few years ago and could leave the Soweto giants without winning any silverware.

He failed to produce heroics to help them win the Telkom Knockout final last season when he was in goal against Baroka.

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With all three keepers' futures in doubt, Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori remains a prime target for the Sea Robbers as the club looks forward to reinforcing their squad to return to their former glory next season.

The 26-year-old Maritzburg United number one has also been strongly linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates will need a strong goalkeeper if they hope to win silverware and return to the CAF Champions League next season.

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