Top quality players who left Orlando pirates since 2014

Goal takes a look at some of the top players who have left Orlando Pirates since their 2014 Nedbank Cup win following the departure of Gift Motupa and Riyaad Norodien from the Soweto giants.

Lehlohonolo Majoro | The experienced frontman was transfer-listed by the Buccaneers at the beginning of the 2016/17 season and he joined Cape Town City. Majoro had helped Pirates win the 2014 Nedbank Cup and reach the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup, and 2016 Nedbank Cup finals. The former Kaizer Chiefs striker is currently on the books of Bidvest Wits having joined the club from City in January 2018.

Oupa Manyisa | The experienced central midfielder surprisingly left the Buccaneers for the Brazilians prior to the start of the 2017/18 season. The South Africa international, who captained Pirates, was one of the key players as the Soweto giants clinched seven major trophies during his nine-year spell with the Houghton-based side. The 29-year-old player helped the Brazilians clinch the 2017/18 PSL title and reach 2018 Caf Champions League group stage.

Dove Wome | The Togo international helped Bucs reach the 2017 Nedbank Cup were they were defeated by his parent club SuperSport United. The attacker returned to SuperSport at the end of his five-month loan spell with Pirates in July 2017. The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward is currently a free agent having been released by Matsatsantsa in January 2018 and he is said to have attracted interest from newly promoted PSL side Highlands Park.

Rooi Mahamutsa | The veteran defender was transfer-listed by Pirates prior to the start of the 2016/17 season and he was later released by the club. Mahamutsa had played an important role in helping the Buccaneers clinch six trophies between 2010 and 2012. The former Witbank Spurs player joined Free State Stars in December 2016 and helped the club win the 2017/18 Nedbank Cup.

Kermit Erasmus | The diminutive attacker had established himself as one of the top strikers in the PSL when he was sold to French Ligue 1 Stade Rennais by the Buccaneers midway through the 2015/16 campaign. The South Africa international had helped the Buccaneers win the 2014 Nedbank Cup and reach the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final. Rennais released Erasmus in February 2018 and he joined Swedish side AFC Eskilstuna.

Sifiso Myeni | The tricky winger headlined Bucs’ transfer-list at the end of the 2015/16 campaign and he secured a move back to Bidvest Wits in August 2016. Myeni was one of Pirates’ key players during the club’s glory days in the PSL as they clinched seven trophies between 2010 and 2014. The Soweto-born attacker was loaned out to SuperSport ahead of the 2017/18 season after helping Wits win the PSL title and MTN8 Cup. He returned to Wits in January 2018.

Thabo Rakhale | The attacking midfielder was surprisingly offloaded to Chippa United by Pirates midway through the 2017/18 campaign with the Soweto giants stating that the player had left the club on loan. Rakhale was one of the most effective wingers in the PSL, but he fell out of favour following the arrival of Milutin Sredojevic at Bucs in August 2017. It was later discovered that Rakhale had joined on a permanent.

Tendai Ndoro | The Zimbabwean striker was sold to Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly by Pirates at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. The marksman had established himself as one of the best strikers in the PSL, but Bucs decided to sell him. Ndoro returned to the PSL when he joined Ajax Cape Town in January 2018. However, his move set off a convoluted legal battle as Fifa rules prohibited him from playing for a third different club in the same season. The Urban Warriors were docked nine points from three league matches in which the player was fielded by the team and they were relegated to the National First Division (NFD).

Riyaad Norodien | The attacking midfielder had a successful short spell with Platinum Stars on loan from Pirates in the second round of the 2017/18 season. Norodien netted three goals in 10 league games, but he could save Stars from relegation. The 23-year-old player has the potential to become one of the best wingers in the country, but the Soweto giants have decided to sell him to Cape Town City.

Gift Motupa | The midfielder-come-striker joined Chippa United from the Buccaneers at the end of the 2017/18 season. The campaign proved to be his breakthrough season in the PSL as he scored nine goals in the competition and he narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot by two goals. The 23-year-old attacker has now been sold to the Chilli Boys.


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