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Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates: Who needs Vincent Pule the most?

19:18 BST 07/06/2018
Vincent Pule, Bidvest Wits, April 2018
Pule has attracted interest from both Amakhosi and Bucs, but which club needs the talented attacker the most?

Bidvest Wits midfielder Vincent Pule is on the wanted-list of Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

The attacking midfielder has established himself as one of the top wingers in the country having helped the Clever Boys retain their status in the elite league this past season.

The recent campaign proved to be Pule's breakthrough season in the PSL as he made 22 league appearances - netting three goals in the process.

Originally from Qwa Qwa, the tricky left-winger was preferred ahead of experienced winger Daine Klate, who was used mainly as an impact player due to the former's rise to the top.

Pule whose dazzling skills and dribbling ability mesmerized defenders in the league, also contributed immensely in Wits' Telkom Knockout Cup success last year.

The former African Warriors player scored the all-important goal into stoppage time as the Students secured a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the final in Durban last December. 

His resurgence and exploits at Wits have not gone unnoticed as two of the biggest clubs in the country are going head to head for Pule's signature. 

Pule, 26, will be a free agent from July 1, having turned down a new deal from Wits as he looks to secure a dream move to one of the Soweto giants.

Chiefs and Pirates have been courting Pule since late last year and he is now determined to leave Wits four years after joining the Braamfontein-based club from lower division side African Warriors.

The two local football heavyweights are looking to bring in quality players as they prepare for their African adventure. Chiefs, who will participate in next season's Caf Confederation Cup, are yet to make any signings ahead of the July-August transfer window.

On the other hand, the Buccaneers have opened the cheque and signed Zimbabwean winger Kudakashe Mahachi from Mamelodi Sundowns, Chippa United defender-come-midfielder Paseka Mako and Black Leopards attacking midfielder Meshack Maphangule.

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic will be spoiled for choice on the left wing next season with Bucs set to take part in the Caf Champions League. Mako, Mahachi and Luvuyo Memela are all quality out-and-out left wingers and they are expected to compete for a place in the starting line-up.

As for Chiefs, Pule has been touted as George Lebese's replacement and Siphiwe Tshabalala's long-term successor at the club.

Zimbabwe international Edmore Chirambadare was expected to step up and claim his place in the Chiefs starting line-up following Lebese's departure, while Philani Zulu, who can play as a left winger, flourished as a wing-back. 

However, left-footed attacker Chirambadare struggled for game time during the 2017/18 campaign and he could only manage five league appearances, and he is most likely to be offloaded by the four-time PSL champions this winter. 

Chirambadare failed to offer stiff competition for veteran midfielder Tshabalala, who remains Chiefs' most productive player having registered 10 assists and scored four goals in all competitions last season.

With Tshabalala fast approaching his 34th birthday, Amakhosi need to find a quality left winger, who can take over from the South African football legend at the Naturena-based club. 

Having said that, it would make sense if Pule joined Amakhosi, who could really do with a classy attacker like him.

Pirates have enough left wingers and if Pule were to go to the Houghton-based outfit, he would most likely play second fiddle to the likes of Mahachi and Memela.