Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza believes striker Zakhele Lepasa is ready to play in the top league with the Buccaneers next season.
Lepasa was loaned out to National First Division side Stellenbosch FC before winning the Nedbank Cup with another NFD side, TS Galaxy against Kaizer Chiefs.
The striker has also earned a call-up to the U-20 national team after helping his side beat Chiefs by scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot in the game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Khoza said loaning Lepasa to different teams has helped him mature as a player and he is ready to play for Pirates.
“We brought back Lepasa. We will conclude our talks with him this week,” Khoza was quoted by Isolezwe. “We have loaned him out for a long time for him to get game time and we need to see if he is ready to play for Pirates.”