In the bank: R400 000 for Orlando Pirates superstar

In the bank: R400 000 for Orlando Pirates superstar

Orlando PiratesPatrick Maswanganyi had the biggest pay day of his career on Sunday. He made R400 000 in one night at the 2024 Premier Soccer League Awards, thanks to his 10 goals and 12 assists in 40 matches.

ORLANDO PIRATES’ PATRICK MASWANGANYI WINS THREE AWARDS

As revealed by the PSL on Sunday night, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder walked away with three major awards:

Players’ Player of the Season – R200 000

Midfielder of the Season – R50 000.

Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament – R150 000.

ORLANDO PIRATES TARGET TWO RIGHT-BACKS

If anyone watched the Buccaneers in the past two seasons, you have noted the instability at right-back. Before the arrival of Thabiso Lebitso from Chippa United in January, the likes of Thabiso Monyane and Bandile Shandu failed to fully grab the opportunity to be Orlando Pirates’ number one right-back.

With Monyane still yet to master his timing, decision-making and balance, new reports say Stellenbosch FC’s Deano Van Rooyen is a big target, with Orlando Pirates willing to strike a swap deal.

“KickOff can reveal that Stellenbosch FC are targeting an Orlando Pirates defender as part of a swap deal that could see their captain Deano Van Rooyen joining the Buccaneers next season. Pirates are edging closer to signing Van Rooyen in a bid to reinforce their defence for next season,” the outlet reported.

“Now, Pirates are believed to have offered Thabiso Monyane to Stellies as part of a swap deal that could see Van Rooyen moving in the opposition direction next season.

“Pirates are desperate to sort out their right back position. The club has approached Stellenbosch for the services of Deano [Van Rooyen]. Stellies have also been interested in Monyane since last season and there could be a swap deal on the cards,” the report concluded.

Additionally, the Soweto giants are said to be keen on Polokwane City’s right-back’s 25-year-old Thabang Tholo Matuludi. “Polokwane City defender Thabang Matuludi is on the wanted list of Stellenbosch and Orlando Pirates,” Unplayable reported.

REPORTED NEW SIGNINGS

Orlando Pirates have already made two more big decisions to replace senior players in midfield. Newer reports say the Sea Robbers have signed the replacements.

Jose Riveiro’s team confirmed parting ways with two senior midfielders Fortune Makaringe and Thabang Monare last week. Not too long after that, Orlando Pirates reportedly signed Thalente Mbatha on a permanent deal.

According to SABC Sport, Mbatha’s former SuperSport United teammate, Selaelo Rasebotja has also put pen to papter to join Orlando Pirates.

Mbatha, who plays as a six, is Monare’s replacement, while Rasebotja, an eight, will take Makaringe’s place.

NOTABLE ORLANDO PIRATES SIGNINGS FROM SUPERSPORT

Teko Modise – Attacking Midfielder/ Forward

Katlego Mashego – Forward

Tico-Tico Bucuane – Forward

Daine Klate – Winger

Thandani Ntshumayelo – Central Midfielder

Edwin Gyimah – Central Defender

Kermit Erasmus – Forward

Patrick Masawanganyi – Attacking Midfielder

Thalente Mbatha – Central Midfielder.

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