Orlando Pirates sign Asavela Mbekile, Vincent Pule deal imminent

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The Buccaneers are said to have signed the two midfielders as they prepare for the new 2018/19 campaign

Orlando Pirates have reportedly beaten fellow Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Kaizer Chiefs to the services of Bidvest Wits winger Vincent Pule.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder is set become a free agent at the end of this month and he has been linked with Soweto giants, Chiefs and Pirates. 

The Buccaneers have won the race for Pule's contract according to Independent Media, who also reported that Bucs have signed Sundowns utility player Asavela Mbekile.

The 31-year-old defender-come-midfielder's contract with Sundowns was due to expire at the end of this month and he is now said to have found a new home at Pirates.

"Pule and Mbekile have signed for Pirates. They will be unveiled at the end of the month but I can tell you that they will playing their football at Pirates next season," a source told the publication.

Quality Talent Sports chief executive officer Tim Sukazi, who represents both Pule and Mbekile, confirmed that the two players have signed for their new clubs ahead of the 2018/19 season.

"Mbekile and Pule have both signed for their new clubs. You guys must do your job and find out which clubs did they sign for. I can safely tell you that Pule didn't sign for Chiefs," Sukazi said. 

The agent dismissed reports stating that Pule has signed a pre-contract with Chiefs.

"It was a media speculation that he signed a pre-contract with Chiefs. Their clubs will announce them, not me," he concluded. 

Meanwhile, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane in an interview with Power FM on Friday also confirmed Mbekile's departure and that he would be heading to Houghton.

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Chippa United utility player Paseka Mako, Black Leopards midfielder Meshack Maphangule, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo and Sundowns winger Kudakwashe Mahachi have all signed with the Buccaneers ahead of the July-August transfer window.

Chippa defender Abel Mabaso, who is a former Sundowns player, will reportedly join Pirates when the winter transfer window opens next month. 


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