Jerry Sikhosana wants Orlando Pirates and Chippa United partnership to stop

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The former Buccaneers striker has called on the partnership between the his former club and the Chilli Boys to come to an end

It has become a norm to see players moving between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United in the past few seasons, but to one of the Soweto giants’ legend, the relationship is not working.

Former Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana says the partnership is not helping the two parties because the players moving to Mayfair end up returning to Port Elizabeth without making their mark.

Sikhosanaabelieves the relationship between the two Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs must come to an end.

In one of the latest transfers between the Chilli Boys and the Soweto giants, Chippa announced that they had signed Thabo Matlaba, Thamsanqa Sngweni and Bernard Morrison, but two of the players failed to complete the moves.

Sangweni has returned to the Nelson Mandela Bay whilst Morrison and Matlaba could not join Chippa despite the club initially announcing the duo’s signings.

Apart from the two failed moves, players such as Brighton Mhlongo, Menzi Masuku, Mahlatse Makudubela and Thabo Rakhale among others left Pirates for Chippa, and Sikhosana said they failed to lift up their game in the Eastern Cape.

From the Chilli Boys, defenders James Okwuosa, Mpho Mvelase and Marc Van Heerden among others completed their moves to the Buccaneers, but have since left the club after failing to make an impact in Johannesburg.

Comparing the partnership with the one that Pirates currently enjoy with Golden Arrows, Sikhosana said players from Abafana Bes’thende are the ones who come and add value at Pirates.

The likes of Siyabonga Sangweni and Thamsanqa Gabuza are some of the players who have made a difference at Pirates, according to Sikhosana.

“I can give you examples of players like Rakhale... he left Pirates looking for regular game time, but he arrived there and he was not the same,” Sikhosana told Isolezwe.

“Look at Brighton, he went to Chippa and we heard reports that he likes night life – he has behavioural problems,” he continued.

“On the other hand, we have players who left Chippa and joined Pirates such as James Okwuosa, Van Heerden and (Nkosinathi) Mthiyane, where are they now? These are signs that the relationship is not working,” continued the ex-Bafana Bafana striker.

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“This is not a working relationship between the two clubs. I am saying this because players who leave Pirates to Chippa have failed to raise their game whilst players from Chippa are not good in taking controlling their lives and have no discipline,” said Sikhosana.

“The partnership between Pirates and Arrows is the one I think is working because players from Arrows are disciplined,” continued the television pundit.

“They come from Clinton Larsen and Mandla Ncikazi who are good coaches in instilling discipline in their players,” he concluded.

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