Pirates comment on latest transfer plans


Orlando Pirates have put all talks of possible signings on hold indefinitely as uncertainty continues as to whether or when the current season will be completed.

Several names have been thrown into the transfer market hat in recent weeks, with speculation taking centre stage while football action has been put on the back-burner.

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Pirates in particular have notably been linked with, amongst others, Maritzburg United duo Rushine De Reuck and Richard Ofori, but according to club administrative manager Floyd Mbele, this is all very premature.

"Your focus is on dealing with the pandemic and making sure you're healthy and staying alive, you can't be preoccupied with signing players," Mbele tells KickOff.com.

"We need to understand what we are dealing with, because if people did then these conversations wouldn't even exist. The lockdown is exactly that, everything has come to a standstill. 

"Assuming we meet, we have a teleconference and talk, what are we going to say? Is the league going to start at the time it's expected to start? Everybody would have said yes, the lockdown is finishing [April 16], low and behold, it was extended by another fortnight.

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"So we could sit and plan now for when it happens in the first week of May. What if government says we have enough empirical evidence to say, 'This thing is not going anywhere so we're going to lockdown for three more weeks.' What happens to the plans?

"You can't talk about next season when you don't even know when next season will be, or what form or shape it's going to take.

"What if this thing takes so long, we then have a divided league and it decides – like they did during the World Cup time – they must change the nature of how we're going to play, or play two streams, or whatever the case may be?

"That will have a massive impact on plans. So you can't have these conversations during a time like this. Inside the clubs there's absolutely nothing to discuss."

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