Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thabo Nthethe heading to Orlando Pirates?

Masandawana might look to cash in on their veteran defender following interest from the Buccaneers

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thabo Nthethe is reportedly linked with a move to Johannesburg rivals Orlando Pirates.

The veteran defender has been at Chloorkop since 2014, becoming somewhat of a stalwart within the heart of the Sundowns defence. But of recent times he has found his game time limited with the likes of Bangaly Soumahoro and Motjeka Madisha seen to be above him in the defensive pecking order.

However, with the former Celtic captain’s contract set to expire at the end of the season and with an extended stay unlikely, reports now suggest that the Brazilians could potentially look to cash in on the 33-year-old during the current transfer window.

Meanwhile, there is certainly no shortage of potential suitors for Nthethe who has won almost everything on offer during his time with Sundowns. Nthethe is arguably one of South Africa’s most highly decorated defenders having won two league titles, a Telkom Knockout Cup and a Nedbank Cup crown with the only exclusion being an MTN 8 victory.

The former Bafana Bafana defender was also an influential part of Sundowns’ Caf Champions League triumph, and with the player believed to be keen on a move away in search of regular playing time, the Sea Robbers could be a potential destination.

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Pirates were previously interested in Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, but with a move to Houghton for the defender looking unlikely, they could be considering a swoop for the experienced Sundowns central defender. If Nthethe is to depart Sundowns, then he will join the likes of Leonardo Castro, Yannick Zakri and Fares Hachi who have all departed this month, although the latter pair have left on loan.

Nonetheless, with only days remaining in the January transfer window, it remains to be seen whether or not a move away from Tshwane will come to fruition for Nthethe.