Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates have signed defenders James Okwuosa and Marc van Heerden from
Chippa United in a swap deal that sees four players going the other way.
Okwuosa is expected to add strength to a centre back department which
has struggled in recent times.
Meanwhile, Van Heerden will provide some
much-needed competition to Thabo Matlaba at left back for the Sea
Justice Chabalala, Donald Mokondelela, Sello Japhta and Nkosinathi
Mthiyane have moved to the Chilli Boys after failing to establish
themselves at Mayfair.
Chippa boss Chippa Mpengesi confirmed the news of
the deal to Soccer Laduma.
He said: "Yes, those are the four players, we have agreed the deal and it will be finalised tomorrow."
The addition of the two stars will likely boost a Pirates defence
that has conceded 17 times in 13 matches.
The club's first Premiership
outing of 2017 is against Bidvest Wits on 3 February. The action will
take place in Johannesburg.