What Pirates wanted in Gabuza deal


SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews says Orlando Pirates were looking at a possible swap deal when Matsatsantsa made a move for Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The Buccaneers were interested in having Bradley Grobler on board, but SuperSport were very clear that they are not willing to let the striker go and bought Gabuza out of the contract he had with the Soweto giants.

Matthews explained why they did not want to let Grobler, who recently revealed to KickOff.com that Pirates were interested in him, go.

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“I would not say there was an offer [for Grobler]. There was an expression of interest and at the time it was potentially for one or both Gabuza and Mahachi. We were honest with Pirates that Bradley is not a player we are looking to release in any way. We just recently extended his contract,” Matthews tells KickOff.com.

“We wanted to have Gabuza to play with Bradley at various times, like [Mxolisi] Macuphu did last year. So on that basis, we just wanted to submit a cash deal for the Gabuza and Mahachi transfers. Pirates respected that and so we moved on. Bradley is a big part of our plans and he is the only striker from last season that we have retained. We lost Fagrie, James Keene and Macuphu was recalled [by Bidvest Wits].”

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