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Mbule and youngsters Orlando Pirates should target to replace their old guard

20:39 GMT 16/01/2022
Sipho Mbule, SuperSport United, November 2021
The Buccaneers have some ageing players in their current squad and they may look to add younger ones

  • Thulani Hlatshwayo, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    Ageing players

    The Buccaneers have some ageing players who are either nearing or approaching their prime ages.

    Pirates have the oldest goalkeeping department in the PSL which includes Siyabonga Mpontshane, 35, and the oldest player in the league, Wayne Sandilands, 38. 

    On the other hand, Happy Jele, 35, Thulani Hlatshwayo, 32, and Ntsikelelo Nyauza, who turns 32 in May, are part of the Soweto giants' central defence.

    In midfield, Linda Mntambo and Thabang Monare will both turn 33 later this year, while Bucs' best central midfielder Ben Motshwari will be 31 in March.

  • Sifiso Mlungwana, Golden Arrows, May 2021

    Which youngsters should Pirates eye?

    The 2021/22 PSL mid-season transfer window is still open and clubs are allowed to sign and register new players. 

    GOAL picked three gifted youngsters Pirates should sign to in order to overhaul their ageing squad: 

  • Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, SuperSport United, November 2021

    Thatayaone Ditlhokwe

    The 23-year-old has grown in leaps and bounds to become one of the best young centre-backs in the PSL and he is SuperSport United's first-choice central defender

    Ditlhokwe, 23, is dominant in one-on-one situations and he is able to overpower opposing strikers in duels, both aerially and on the ground.

    The left-footed player also boasts leadership skills as he is Botswana senior national team captain and has captained SuperSport. 

  • Sifiso Mlungwana, Golden Arrows, November 2021

    Sifiso Mlungwana

    The former South Africa under-23 international was one of the best goalkeepers in the PSL last season which was his breakout campaign.

    Mlungwana, 24, was a key player for Lamontvile Golden Arrows as they secured a top-four finish in the PSL for the first time in the club's history.

    Blessed with good reflexes and possesses, Mlugwana was nominated for the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season accolade last term and he is among South Africa's best young keepers.

  • Sipho Mbule, Bafana Bafana, March 2021

    Sipho Mbule

    The highly-rated midfielder has established himself as one of the most creative central midfielders in the league and he is an influential player for SuperSport United.

    Mbule is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and he tends to dance past opponents with ease and is capable of linking play in fine fashion in the opposition's half.

    The 23-year-old, who is a Bafana Bafana international, has also improved his defensive game in recent seasons as he is able to track back and make some well-timed tackles. 

  • Chibuike Ohizu, Sekhukhune United, October 2021

    Who are Pirates targeting?

    GOAL has compiled a list of players who have been linked with Pirates in the ongoing transfer window.
    Check out the list in the tweet below.