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Koulibaly was tipped to join Pirates last month, but the deal fell through after he could not agree terms with the club

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By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa has confirmed to Goal that the club won’t be signing Burkina Faso defender Paul Koulibaly despite the initial interesting.

De Sa admitted that he wanted Koulibaly at Pirates, but said the two parties could not reach an agreement, hence the deal was called off.

“I was told by the club that Koulibaly is no longer joining us, because the club and the player could not agree terms,” De Sa told Goal.

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The Pirates coach seems more than happy with his current defenders, and he feels the team can still do well without Koulibaly.

“There is life after Koulibaly. My defenders are fit and injury-free. So, it doesn’t really worry me much that we couldn’t sign him,” he said.

Pirates are reportedly looking for another striker to boost their frontline department, but De Sa said the club is not really in search of a striker after signing Thamsanqa Gabuza from Golden Arrows.

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However, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing a player or two should the technical team feel the player will add value to the club.

“We have plenty of strikers in the team. We have just added Gabuza, but if there is someone good available then I don’t see why we should not sign him.

“But we are not as desperate for players as before. We are looking pretty good with the 28 players that we have at the moment,” added De Sa. 

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