Orlando Pirates: A decade of transfer failures?

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A continuous chopping and changing of players as well as technical staff has made it harder for Bucs to build trophy-winning teams

Orlando Pirates' track record in the transfer window over the past 10 years does not make for especially impressive reading.

The Buccaneers last won the league title in 2012. Since then they won the Nedbank Cup in 2014 and the 2020 MTN8, slim pickings for one of South Africa's biggest and most popular clubs.

A very high turnover in players has probably not helped. GOAL looks back on the last 10 years of Bucs' transfer business and finds that like their old Soweto foes Kaizer Chiefs, there has not been a high success rate in the recruitment department.

  1. 2022/23
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    2022/23

    Evidence Makgopa - Baroka FC

    Bienvenu Eva Nga - Chippa United

    Tapelo Xoki (Nyongo) - AmaZulu FC

    Nkosinathi Sibisi - Golden Arrows

    Miguel Timm - Marumo Gallants

    Azola Matrose - Chippa United

    Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo - Marumo Gallants FC

    Kermit Erasmus - Mamelodi Sundowns

    Sipho Chaine - Chippa United

    Hit: Sibisi, Xoki, Timm. Ndlondlo and Erasmus have only just arrived but certainly have the potential to be successful.

    Maybe: Makgopa's been injured while Eva Nga needs to up his output levels.

    Miss: It's still a bit early to classify anyone in this department.

    Overall to be fair to Pirates, they've seemingly had a good transfer window this time around, although we'll know better as the season unwinds.

  2. 21/22
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    21/22

    Kwanda Mngonyama - Maritzburg United FC

    Bandile Shandu - Maritzburg United FC

    Monnapule Saleng - Free State Stars

    Goodman Mosele - Baroka FC

    Ntsako Makhubela - Golden Arrows

    Olisa Ndah - Akwa United

    Kwame Peprah - King Faisal FC

    Hit: Ndah, Mosele, Shandu and Peprah, although the latter has found himself sidelined this season.

    Miss: Saleng, Mngonyama, Makhubela

    Maybe: -

    This was also one of Pirates' better transfer windows.

  3. 20/21
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    20/21

    Wayde Jooste - Highlands Park FC

    Thulani Hlatshwayo - Bidvest Wits

    Deon Hotto - Bidvest Wits FC

    Terrence Dzvukamanja - Bidvest Wits

    Collins Makgaka - Baroka FC

    Thabang Monare - Bidvest Wits

    Richard Ofori - Maritzburg United

    Jean-Marc Makusu - AS Vita Club Kinshasa

    Hit: Hotto, Monare, Ofori

    Miss: Makusu, Dzvukamanja, Hlatshwayo, Jooste, Makgaka

    Maybe: -

  4. 19/20
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    19/20

    Joris Delle - Feyenoord Rotterdam

    Gabadinho Mhango - Bidvest Wits FC

    Tebogo Tlolane - Chippa United

    Kabelo Dlamini - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Tshegofatso Mabasa - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Bongani Sam - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Siphesihle Ndlovu - Maritzburg United FC

    Fortune Makaringe - Maritzburg United FC

    Austin Muwowo - Nkana FC

    Nkanyiso Zungu - Stellenbosch FC

    Hit: Makaringe

    Miss: Muwowo, Zungu, Delle, Tlolane, Sam, Ndlovu

    Maybe: Mhango (brilliant first season, then faded badly), Dlamini, Mabasa,

  5. 18/19
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    18/19

    Meshack Maphangule - Black Leopards

    Maliele Vincent Pule - Bidvest Wits

    Asavela Mbekile - Mamelodi Sundowns FC

    Nhlanhla Khuzwayo - Kaizer Chiefs

    Ben Motshwari - Bidvest Wits FC

    Linda Mntambo - Chippa United

    Abel Mabaso - Chippa United

    Paseka Mako - Chippa United

    Kudakwashe Mahachi - Golden Arrows

    Caio Marcelo - Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube

    Alfred Ndengane - Without Club

    Hit: Pule, Motshwari, Mako

    Miss: Maphangule, Khuzwayo, Mabaso, Mahachi, Marcelo

    Maybe: Mbekile, Mntambo, Ndengane

  6. 17/18

    17/18

    Musa Nyatama - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Augustine Mulenga - Zanaco FC

    Wayne Sandilands - Mamelodi Sundowns FC

    Christian Obiozor - Enyimba Aba

    Diamond Thopola - Chippa United

    Phetso Maphanga - Chippa United

    Xolani Mlambo - Bidvest Wits FC

    Innocent Maela - Richards Bay FC

    Thamsanqa Sangweni - Mamelodi Sundowns

    Justin Shonga - Nkwazi FC

    Hit: Nyatama, Mulenga, Maela

    Miss: Obiozor, Thopola, Maphanga, Sangweni, Shonga

    Maybe: Sandilands, Mlambo

  7. 16/17

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    Thembela Sikhakhane - Lamontville Golden Arrows

    Mahlatsi Makudubela - Platinum Stars FC

    Abbubaker Mobara - Ajax Cape Town

    Sipho Zwane - Garankuwa United FC

    Lindokuhle Mtshali - Real Kings FC

    Siphelele Zikalala - Real Kings FC

    Sello Japhta - Free State Stars

    Justice Chabalala - Free State Stars

    Jackson Mabokwane - Cape Town City FC

    Ayanda Nkosi - Free State Stars

    Nkosinathi Mthiyane - Chippa United

    Donald Mokondelela - Baroka FC

    Bernard Morrison - AS Vita Club Kinshasa

    Riyaad Norodien - Ajax Cape Town

    Thabiso Kutumela - Baroka FC

    Marshall Munetsi - FC Cape Town

    Emmanuel Daniel - Enugu Rangers IFC

    Dové Womé - SuperSport United

    James Okwuosa - Chippa United

    Marc van Heerden - Chippa United

    Hit: Mobara

    Miss: Okwuosa, Womé, Daniel, Mokondelela, Mthiyane, Nkosi, Mabokwane, Japhta, Zikalala, Lindokuhle Mtshali, Zwane, Makudubela, Sikhakhane

    Maybe: Van Heerden, Munetsi, Kutumela, Norodien, Morrison, Chabalala

  8. 15/16
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    15/16

    Tendai Ndoro - Mpumalanga Black Aces FC

    Brian Hlongwa - KZN Academy

    Sandile Mthethwa - KZN Academy

    Thembinkosi Lorch - Maluti FET College

    Luvuyo Memela - Cape Town All Stars

    Gift Motupa - Baroka FC

    Roger Majafa - Polokwane City FC

    Edwin Gyimah - SuperSport United

    Yasser Mugerwa - URA Kampala

    Samora Motloung - FC Cape Town

    Felipe Ovono - Without Club

    Hit: Memela, Lorch

    Miss: Ovono, Motloung, Mugerwa, Majafa, Motupa, Mthethwa, Hlongwa

    Maybe: Gyimah, Ndoro

  9. 14/15
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    14/15

    Thabo Qalinge - Mpumalanga Black Aces FC

    Issa Sarr - Platinum Stars FC

    Raymond Maluleke - Yebo Yes United FC

    Innocent Zikalala - AmaZulu FC

    Siyabonga Mpontshane - Platinum Stars FC

    Menzi Masuku - Jomo Cosmos

    Kamohelo Mabuya - African Warriors FC

    Gladwin Shitolo - Jomo Cosmos

    Tebogo Masaole - Santos FC Cape Town

    Itumeleng Tlali - Mbombela United FC

    Mashale Rantabane - Maluti FET College

    Zukile Mkhize - Ibisi Blue Birds

    Mwape Musonda - Zanaco FC

    Siphamandla Sangweni - Black Leopards FC

    Tshepo Gumede - Platinum Stars FC

    Mpho Mvelase - Chippa United

    Khanya Gwala - Orlando Pirates Youth Development

    Letsie Koapeng - Without Club

    Hit: Sarr, Qalinge

    Miss: Koapeng, Gwala, Mvelase, Sangweni, Musonda, Mkhize, Rantabane, Tlali, Masaole, Mabuya, Masuku, Mpontshane, Zikalala, Maluleke

    Maybe: Gumede, Shitolo

  10. 13/14
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    13/14

    Fatau Dauda - Ashanti Gold SC

    Beranger Itoua - Diables Noirs Brazzaville

    Jacky Motshegwa - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Lennox Bacela - Bloemfontein Celtic

    Kermit Erasmus - SuperSport United

    Hélder Pelembe - Roses United

    Lwazi Skosana - Roses United

    Ntsikelelo Nyauza - Roses United

    Theophilus Tsowaseb - Orlando Pirates Windhoek

    Lehlohonolo Majoro - Kaizer Chiefs

    Joseph Molangoane - Platinum Stars FC

    Thamsanqa Gabuza - Lamontville Golden Arrows

    Thabo Rakhale - Polokwane City FC

    Hit: Rakhale, Gabuza, Nyauza, Erasmus

    Miss: Tsowaseb, Skosana, Pelembe, Motshegwa, Itoua, Dauda

    Maybe: Molangoane, Majoro, Bacela

  11. 12/13
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    12/13

    Luvuyo Kelepu - Carara Kicks FC

    Manti Mekoa - Free State Stars

    Khetowakhe Masuku - Black Leopards FC

    Patrick Phungwayo - Bidvest Wits FC

    Aubrey Ngoma - University of Pretoria FC

    Maselealo Seanego - Kaizer Chiefs Youth

    Lehlogonolo Masalesa - Bidvest Wits FC

    Collins Mbesuma - Lamontville Golden Arrows

    Patrick Mashele - Soshanguve Sunshine

    Muzikayafane Ngidi - Roses United

    Thabo Rakhale - Sivutsa Stars F.C.

    Mpho Makola - Free State Stars

    Takesure Chinyama - Dynamos FC Harare

    Ayanda Gcaba - Free State Stars

    Onyekachi Okonkwo - Al-Kharaitiyat SC

    Hit: Okonkwo, Gcaba, Makola, Rakhale

    Miss: Chinyama, Ngidi, Mashele, Seanego, Ngoma, Masuku, Kelepu

    Maybe: Mbesuma, Masalesa, Phungwayo, Mekoa