GSV Grading The Deal; Orlando Pirates

The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

Orlando Pirates Football club

Signings

Felipe Ovono

Transferred From: Free Agent

DoB: July 26th, 1993 (22)

Nationality: Equatoguinean

Position/s: Goalkeeper

Edwin Gyimah

Transferred From: SuperSport United

DoB: March 9th, 1991 (24)

Nationality: Ghanaian

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Roger Majafa

Transferred From: Polokwane City

DoB: February 5th, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Wingback, Winger, Attacking Midfielder (Left)

Amigo Memela

Transferred From: Cape Town All-Stars

DoB: September 18th, 1987 (27)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward (Left/ Right)

Gift Motupa

Transferred From: Baroka FC

DoB: September 23rd, 1994 (20)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista

Tendai Ndoro

Transferred From: Mpumalanga Black Aces

DoB: May 15th, 1988 (27)

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

The Grand Stand View

Orlando Pirates are fast garnering the reputation of being the Chelsea of South African football, a great football club steeped in tradition with an open cheque book and the appetite for signing their fare share of footballers every season while farming out even more on loan deals across the fraternity. This reputation can only be a negative when one employs such a policy at the expense of the football club, instead of it affording them greater room to manoeuvre in the transfer market while ensuring that the standards and quality levels of the first-team squad are maintained at all times.

Thabo Rakhale is a living testament as to why Bucs thrive off this policy that they currently employ, the player was signed in a relatively low-key deal after impressing the clubs’ scouts while playing in the NFD, and his loan move to Polokwane City ensured that he developed sufficiently enough to warrant a place in the first team squad when the opportunity arose; now the club has an elite level ready footballer that would have cost them millions of Randela’s if they were signing him from a premier league rival. The ‘Destroy & Rebuild” theorem has seen the club reshuffle their youth development programme, and now that they can afford to start graduating their academy players into the first team again, this frugal and often meticulous transfer policy will result in the club having less inclination to enter the market for ready-made talent and see them return to only buying the cream of the crop whenever they open their cheque book. The pedigree of players like Felipe Ovono, Edwin Gyimah and Gift Motupa will only elevate the quality level of the roster, and that can only lead to greater and healthier competition for places in a first team that is always expected to compete well on all fronts. With one of the most exiting squads in the hemisphere, The Sea Robbers will expect to prove their mettle this season and the addition of such quality players will only serve to strengthen their cause.

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