Chippa United sign Gift Motupa from Orlando Pirates

The 23-year-old spent the 2017/18 PSL season out on loan at Bakgaga where he enjoyed a fruitful campaign

Chippa United have already begun bolstering their squad ahead of the new campaign as they confirmed the signing of Orlando Pirates forward Gift Motupa.

The 23-year-old who signed for the Bucanners in 2015 from Baroka returned to the Limpopo-based outfit as he was sent out on loan for the duration of the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

Motupa though, would rediscover his goal scoring form and finished the campaign with nine goals in just 22 league appearances. His form had him constantly linked with a recall to the Soweto giants, but it has now been confirmed that rather than returning to Houghton, he will be headed for Port Elizabeth in a surprise swoop by the Eastern Cape-based outfit.

The gifted attacker who made 30 PSL appearances for Pirates, scoring just 2 goals, will hope to carry the form that saw him shoot to stardom at Baroka into his tenure at his new side. According to the club’s official Twitter account, Motupa has signed a three-year deal that will keep him at the Chilli Boys until 2021.

Motupa becomes the latest transfer to occur between the two sides, as in recent years several players have moved to and fro. Most recently, Bucs acquired the signature of Diamond Thopola and star signing Xola Mlambo among others from Chippa, while the likes of Thabo Rakhale and James Okwuosa have both moved in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, Chippa recently confirmed that head coach Vladislav Heric would be retained despite the club missing out on a top eight finish. While Chippa initially finished ninth overall in the league standings, due to the outcome of Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro saga, the club have now dropped down a placing, ending the season in 10th position according to the PSL’s revised log.

Nonetheless, Chippa owner Siviwe Mpengesi, will hope that the signing of the lethal forward can be the solution to his side's goal scoring woes. Chippa have scored just 27 times in 30 games.

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The club took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to unveil their latest signing.