Tlolane, Shitolo best bets for Bucs return


With a few months before the end of season, Orlando Pirates are expected to sit down and review the performances of players that are currently out on loan.

Pirates have several club members out on loan to other PSL teams including Chippa United, Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Mighty Buccaneers have three players on loan to the Chilli Boys as well as coach Rhulani Mokwena until the end of the season. takes a look at the chances of these players returning to the club next season.

Scroll through the gallery above to see what we've rated their chances out of 10...

Tebogo Tlolane (Maritzburg United)

Tlolane's move to United was little bit of a surprise after spending less than six months at Pirates from Chippa United. The former Jomo Cosmos midfielder has been in fine form since reuniting with his coach Eric Tinkler and has been a pillar in the revival of the Team of Choice's performance, especially at home.

Gladwin Shitolo (Golden Arrows)

Shitolo's call-up to Bafana Bafana by coach Molefi Ntseki was a big surprise even though he hasn't set a foot wrong since joining Arrows this season. The former Jomo Cosmos defender seems to be enjoying his stay in Durban on a second stint on loan with Abafana Bes'thende, where has been deployed as a midfielder.

Justice Chabalala (Bloemfontein Celtic)

Chabalala has played most of Celtic's games since arriving in Mangaung in January. Despite being fan favourite amongst the Bucs faithful, Chabalala has failed to crack into the starting line-up at Pirates. This could be his last chance to show the Pirates technical team that he deserve a place in the team next season.

Meshack Maphangule (Chippa United)

Maphangule arrived at Pirates with a lot of expectation following his performances at Black Leopards. However, the Limpopo-born midfielder found life difficult in Johannesburg and was shipped to Port Elizabeth. Maphangule is yet to find the form that made him a star performer for Lidoda Duvha

Tercious Malepe (Chippa United)

Malepe is yet to finish a season with Pirates. The under-23 captain has spent most of his time at Pirates on loan spells where he has also played for Moroka Swallows. The Limpopo-born defender has also been used in central midfield at Chippa. With Bongani Sam knocking at the door for the starting line-up in the left-back position, it remains to be seen if Pirates will recall him at the end of the season.

Sandile Mthethwa (Chippa United)

Joined Pirates in 2016 from KZN Academy. Named 'Tower' after Kaizer Chiefs defender Eric Mathoho because of his aerial power and height, Mthethwa has failed to secure a permanent position at Pirates and spent most of his time out of Johannesburg on loan. He was loaned to Richards Bay last season before moving to Chippa United this season. Played more games under former coach Norman Mapeza.