Irvin Khoza: Why Orlando Pirates loaned out Thabo Rakhale

The Bucs boss spoke about the exit of the Sebokeng-born winger which came as a surprise to football fans in the country

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has revealed why they loaned out Thabo Rakhale to Chippa United.

On Thursday Pirates announced that they had signed Diamond Thapola and Phetso Maphanga from Chippa United and fan-favourite Rakhale will head in to the opposite direction.

When speaking to Independent Media, Khoza stated that Rakhale, who joined United on loan, will return to the Soweto giants if he impresses at the Eastern Cape-based side.

“Football is not about how many tricks you did but it is about goals scored and goals created. Rakhale holds the ball for so long while the likes of (Thamsanqa) Gabuza are making runs in the box," Khoza said.

“You need to take on players like Thabo Qalinge and Luvuyo Memela do. I think Chippa United’s style of play will suite Rakhale. We gave him the chance,” he explained.

Rakhale joined Pirates in 2013 from Sivutsa Stars, but was loaned back to Sivutsa. The 27-year-old also spent the 2013/14 season out on loan at Polokwane City from Bucs.

“It is not the end of him at Pirates. He is on loan at Chippa which means we can bring him back if he does well,” Khoza elaborated.

At Chippa, Rakhale will reunite with Teboho Moloi, who is delighted to work with Rakhale agian.

“I know how to get the best out of Jomo. I have a good relationship with him. I’ve known him for a long time, since his days with Sivutsa," Moloi said.

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"He is a very good footballer. You don’t need to give him a lot of instructions. You just have to give him freedom and guide him,” he concluded.

Rakhale fell out of favour at Pirates following the arrival of Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic prior to the start of the current season.

He made seven PSL appearances before the current mid-season break.