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COMMENT: Who should take over from Marshall Munetsi at Orlando Pirates?

11:45 EAT 13/06/2019
Orlando Pirates coaches, Milutin Sredojevic, Rulani Mokwena and Fadlu Davids, January 2019
Following the departure of the Zimbabwean player, Goal identifies a player that can fill the gap at the club

On Tuesday, Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates announced that Marshall Munetsi had joined French side Stade Reims.

The utility player has become the third player to leave the Buccaneers for the French Ligue 1 since January 2016.

Munetsi follows in the footsteps of Kermit Erasmus and Lyle Foster, who joined Stade Rennais and AS Monaco from Pirates respectively.

The Zimbabwe international's departure has left a void in the Bucs team which is hoping to challenge for trophies in the 2019/20 season.

Every team has its unsung heroes and Munetsi did the job quietly in either defence or midfield as the Soweto giants pushed for trophies in this past campaign.

Munetsi was very effective when deployed in midfield or partnered with Happy Jele in central defence, proving to be a valuable player for the Bucs technical team.

By the time the 2018/19 season came to an end last month, the 22-year-old player had made 24 appearances across all competitions.

His exploits for Pirates did not go unnoticed as Reims and Belgian club Zulte-Waregem both identified Munetsi as a target and the former have since won the race for his signature.

However, who should take over from Munetsi at Pirates?

 


ABBUBAKER MOBARA


Abbubaker Mobara's name immediately springs to mind when one thinks of the most talented versatile players in the PSL at the moment.

The Pirates defender-come-midfielder endured a frustrating 2018/19 campaign as he struggled to cement his place in the team's starting line-up.

Mobara's contract with the Houghton-based side is set to expire at the end of the month and Bucs will have to extend his deal which would save them money instead of buying a replacement.

Just like Munetsi, the 25-year-old boasts international experience having represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and featured in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Mobara has been lauded for his ability to operate in several positions such as right-back, as a central defender and defensive midfielder with aplomb.

The former Ajax Cape Town vice-captain would allow Sredojevic to be able to chop and change in any scenario, as he achieved with Munetsi.

In situations where the Pirates squad is hit by injury, Mobara could be handy and will get a chance to impress and cement his place in the starting line-up.

At 25, the Cape Town-born player is about to embark upon the peak years of his career and it is time for him to step up and show that he is committed to the cause at Pirates.