Orlando Pirates deal: Midfielder sealed in a permanent contract

Orlando Pirates deal is set to be sealed for a standout midfielder in a permanent contract, following the Nedbank Cup final. Thalente Mbatha, the 24-year-old has shined since his January loan transfer from SuperSport United. Mbatha has made a lasting impression on Pirates’ fans and management alike. All terms for a three-year deal have been pre-agreed, ensuring no need for fresh negotiations.

Mbatha’s transition to the Pirates has been seamless, transforming from a SuperSport United benchwarmer to a regular starter for the Buccaneers. His solid performances have quickly made him a fan favourite with the “Happy People”.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews confirmed the imminent deal. “Pirates have an option on Thalente(Mbatha) which we will finalise after the Nedbank Cup final.”

Orlando Pirates deal: Agent confirms permanent move

Mbatha’s agent, Mike Makaab, expressed confidence in the deal’s completion. “In the loan agreement, Pirates hold the final say. All financial terms are pre-agreed, so there’s no need for renegotiation. I would be very surprised if the permanent move does not happen.”

Tshegofatso Mabasa’s impact lauded by teammate

While Mbatha’s future looks bright, another Pirates player, Tshegofatso Mabasa, has also been making headlines. Midfielder Kabelo Dlamini praised Mabasa’s remarkable comeback since returning from a loan spell at Moroka Swallows. Mabasa has netted nine of his 15 DStv Premiership goals this season for Pirates, demonstrating his critical role in the team’s late-season surge.

Dlamini shared his admiration, saying. “I’ve always believed Mabasa is a top striker. He is one of the best in South Africa. I am happy that he is back, performing well, and helping the team, especially in the second half of the season.”

Crucial final match for CAF Champions League qualification

The Buccaneers face a do-or-die scenario in their final match against SuperSport United. Currently in third place, they need a win and a slip-up from second-placed Stellenbosch to secure a spot in next season’s CAF Champions League. A draw would suffice if Stellenbosch loses, thanks to Pirates’ superior goal difference.

In other news, Kegan Johannes has emerged as a prime target for the top three PSL clubs, including Orlando Pirates. They have expressed a keen interest in the South African youth international.

Johannes has also signed a new contract extension with SuperSport United. The defender has agreed to stay with the club for another two years, with the option to remain until 2026. But it is not seen as a stumbling block at the moment. 

Orlando Pirates fans are eagerly awaiting the outcomes, with Mbatha’s permanent signing, the crucial final match holding the potential to shape the team’s future significantly and news on Johannes as he recently underwent a minor surgery.