Orlando Pirates’ goalkeeping options

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FARPost has it on good authority that Orlando Pirates’ pursuit of a goalkeeper remains relentless.

The Buccaneers are looking to bolster their last line of defence in what is seemingly a push to become the first team to capture the coveted DStv Premiership title in the new campaign.

Top of Pirates’ list has been Ofori, Ghana’s vice-captain, who has proven his worth in SA’s topflight over the past few seasons.

FARPost, however, can confirm that their chase for a keeper is not only limited to within the SA boarders and in fact, Zambia’s top keeper Toaster Nsabata of Zanaco is also being considered.

Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)

Nsabata, who’s 26 and young for a goalkeeper, is effectively a free agent, which means he could be easily available. Nsabata would relish an opportunity to test himself in SA. In CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup outings, Nsabata boasts 9 clean sheets from 23 matches, which is a very good return. In those CAF clashes, he only conceded 20 goals. Nsabata has 12 appearances for the Zambian senior national team since making his debut in November 2013.

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United)

The Ghanaian needs no introduction in SA’s football circles. Like Nsabata, he’s also 26. Ofori arrived in Pietermaritzburg in 2018 when he joined the ‘Team of Choice’ from Wa-All Stars and has remained consistent. FARPost sources confirm that he could very well be on his way to becoming a Buccaneer and Maritzburg could be forced to sell now considering that his contract expires in June 2021. If they hold on to him, Ofori will be free to sign a pre-contract with another club from January 2021, which will be a big loss to Maritzburg.

Brandon Petersen (Bidvest Wits)

Pirates have also been linked with Petersen for the past few months and this publication understands that he could well be roped in to add competition f0r the likes of Wayne Sandilands. Interestingly, Petersen is also the same age as Nsabata and Ofori (26). The former Ajax Cape Town skipper didn’t have the best of seasons with Wits, playing just 11 League games, but to his credit keeping 5 clean sheets.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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