Ugandan giants Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC have confirmed that Muhammad Shaban is undergoing trials at Orlando Pirates.
The highly-rated forward recently arrived in South Africa and reports indicating that Bucs are close to signing him from the Garbage Collectors emerged.
It was reported that the Soweto giants had released Senegal international Issa Sarr and Ghanaian forward Bernard Morrison in order to create some space for Shaban on their foreign quota.
However, KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi has revealed that Shaban is only undergoing trials at Pirates, who are preparing for the new 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
“Shaban Muhammad has gone for trials at Orlando Pirates, so he won’t be playing for us on Saturday [vs Esperance],” Mutebi said on Futaa.
Shaban will be hoping to impress at the Soweto giants having underwent unsuccessful trials at Pirates' PSL rivals SuperSport United last year.
The Onduparaka FC player is being assessed by the Bucs technical team which is led by former Uganda head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic
The Serbian tactician was asked whether Pirates will be signing Shaban by the website and he said: "We shall see what happens.”
Pirates have already signed nine new players as they prepare for a gruelling 2018/19 campaign which is scheduled to start next month.
Sredojevic included Shaban in the final 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals which was hosted by Gabon.
The well-travelled trainer had handed Shaban his international debut for Uganda's Cranes against Zambia in November 2016.
The 20-year-old forward, who joined KCCA from Onduparaka last year, has also been linked with Egyptian and Moroccan clubs.