Orlando Pirates: Five players Bucs should not have sold

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Orlando Pirates have not been shy to dip into the transfer market in recent years, and they've also not been afraid to cut loose players deemed surplus to requirements.

  1. Oupa Manyisa Orlando Pirates

    Hit and miss in the transfer market

    The recent emergence of Yusuf Maart as a starter for the national team, Bafana Bafana, has again highlighted Pirates' transfer strategy. In the past, others such as Ndumiso Mabena, Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Matlaba, Abubaker Mobara and Oupa Manyisa could arguably have been given longer stays.

    And if one looks through the various Pirates squads over the past six to eight years, there has been a very high turnover of players.

    Goal takes a look at what might be considered as Pirates' most recent transfer regrets:

  2. Thabiso Kutumela, Bafana Bafana, June 2016

    1. Thabiso Kutumela

    Kutumela left the Sea Robbers with his tail between his legs three years ago after barely having played for the club.

    Now, after two goal-laden seasons with Maritzburg United, he's arguably the best South African-born striker in the league, and is a regular for the national team. He has settled in well at Mamelodi Sundowns.

  3. Yusuf Maart, Bafana Bafana, October 2021

    2. Yusuf Maart

    Maart was touted as a bright prospect at Bucs after having shone in their MDC (reserve) team. But he was never given a proper chance at Pirates, having featured in only four games. Maart then stepped down to the First Division to play for Cape United and is now proving his doubters wrong at Sekhukhune United, where he is captaining the side and has also become a regular for Bafana Bafana.

  4. Luvuyo Memela, Orlando Pirates

    3. Luvuyo Memela

    Bucs have scored just one goal in the last four games and could do with a player like Memela's guile and creativity. After being off-loaded by the Soweto side to AmaZulu the season before last, he notched eight goals and five assists for the Durban side. Already this season the Capetonian has two goals to his credit.

  5. Augustine Mulenga, AmaZulu FC, June 2021

    4. Augustine Mulenga

    The Zambian was superb for AmaZulu last term both in terms of creating goals and scoring (11 assists and five goals), his drive and energy is something Bucs could definitely do with at the moment.

  6. Thamsanqa Gabuza, SuperSport United, November 2020

    5. Thamsanqa Gabuza

    Gabuza has become an integral part of the SuperSport United side since parting ways with Pirates three seasons ago and has proven that he's anything but over-the-hill. In that time he's scored 16 goals and registered eight assists - not a sensational return, but better than most of the current Pirates forwards.