Absa Premiership

Chiefs rule out Pirates signings

2015-01-14 15:21
Bobby Motaung.
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung said the club did not harbour any aspirations of acquiring the services of Orlando Pirates players.

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Motaung, reacting to media speculation about the possible purchase of Oupa Manyisa, said that Pirates and Chiefs had a gentlemen’s agreement, suggesting that the media had been mischievous in its reporting on the saga.

"Chiefs and Pirates have an understanding and an agreement. We don't want any Pirates players in our fold," Motaung told a press conference on Tuesday.

"We've had an understanding not to interfere with each other's players. I think the media plays a nice game, making players go here and go there," said the Amakhosi manager.

Pirates and Chiefs are the two biggest and best supported clubs in South Africa and the sentiment appears to be that they try to refrain from buying players from each other. However, recent developments would suggest that that this agreement is far looser than it used to be.

In recent years there have been several players who have switched allegiance and there is very little stopping it from happening again.

"If Pirates do it, like they did with (Lehlohonolo) Majoro, it's their own accord," said Motaung.

"If there would be a move in the near future, it is something that would be negotiated at a high level. This became very bitter when we played that kind of game in the past."

Pirates signed Majoro in February last year after he failed to secure a regular starting berth under Stuart Baxter.

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