Pirates set their sights on Thanda's Cele

Following his impressive showing against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup last 32 round last season, can Mhlengi Cele transform Bucs? Goal finds out
Highly-placed sources within Orlando Pirates have it that they are seriously looking at the Thanda Royal Zulu man and believe that his speed and inventiveness in the last third could be the tonic they have been yearning for all these years.

"They rate him very highly and they will make a bid for him as they see him as someone who could add great value," the source told Goal.

With seven strikers in the team, is it really necessary for Bucs to bring in another? Last season's goal-shy statistics indicate there is a need to add fuel in attack.

Bucs only scored 30 goals last season, and Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United, MP Black Aces, Platinum Stars, Maritzburg United and even the bottom-dwelling duo of Free State Stars and Polokwane City - all scored more goals than Bucs.

With Zambian Collins Mbesuma on his way out of the club, Cele could be the perfect man to fill that void and aid coach Vladimir Vermezovic's style.

Apart from netting an extra-time equaliser against the self-same Bucs in that faithful Nedbank Cup meeting that Bucs won 3-1 on penalties after 120 minutes, Cele doesnt have a prolific scoring record, though he tends to find the net if given an opportunity.

His all-round play, which consists of pace, skill and of course bulging the net, will definitely add a different dimension to the Buccaneers.