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Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza confirms Kudakwashe Mahachi and Paseka Mako's signings, waiting on Andile Jali

16:50 EAT 28/05/2018
Irvin Khoza, PSL, April 2018
Khoza disclosed that they are yet to be approached by Khuzwayo's agent, but confirmed that they have held talks with Jali over a possible return

Orlando Pirates club chairman Irvin Khoza has confirmed the signing of Kudakwashe Mahachi and Paseka Mako .

Attacking midfielder Mahachi and defender-come-midfielder Mako are joining the Buccaneers from Lamontville Golden Arrows and Chippa United respectively.

Zimbabwe international Mahachi is known to have spent the last three seasons at Arrows on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

On the other hand, Mako is part of a deal which saw Gift Motupa join Chippa from Pirates following a successful loan spell with Baroka FC. 

The Bucs boss also revealed that they have held talks with Andile Jali's representatives in an attempt to re-sign him.

Jali, who has also been linked with Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, is currently a free agent having parted ways with Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende last month.

Khoza stated that they are waiting for Jali to decide which club he will be joining ahead of the 2018/19 season.

“He was here and we had a good discussion. Now the ball is in his court. He said he would come back to us and we are waiting to hear from him,” said Khoza to City Press.

Jali had a successful stint with the Buccaneers between 2009 and 2014, before he was sold to Oostende midway through the 2013/14 campaign.

Khoza, who is one of the respected football administrator in the country, also stated that they would welcome outgoing Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brillian Khuzwayo at the Houghton-based side.

The highly-rated shot-stopper will leave Amakhosi as a free agent in July 2018 having decided against extending his contract with the Soweto giants.

“His agent has not spoken to us, but we will welcome him if he wants to come. I can’t say much at this moment because we have not spoken to his agent," he continued.

Regarding players who are expected to leave the Soweto giants, Khoza stated that Brighton Mhlongo will join Cape Town City.

The lanky shot-stopper spent the 2017/18 season on a loan at Chippa from the Buccaneers and he will now move to the Mother City where he will be expected to provide competition for Sage Stephens.

Riyaad Norodien, who moved to Platinum Stars on a short-term loan deal from Bucs in January 2018, could also move to City, according to the Bucs chairperson.

Lastly, Khoza indicated that Thamsanqa Gabuza, who battled for game time under Bucs head coach Milutin Sredojevic, will remain with the club ahead of the new season.