Absa Premiership

Mbele explains why Pirates signed Zungu and not a defender

2020-02-04 10:47
Orlando Pirates new head coach Josef Zinnbauer gre
Orlando Pirates new head coach Josef Zinnbauer greets fans and take selfies during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu FC at Orlando Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele has explained that it simply wasn't possible for the club to sign a defender in January.

The Buccaneers brought in midfielder Nkanyiso Zungu from Stellenbosch FC on transfer deadline day, but the move came under scrutiny from fans who wanted to see their club sign a defender.

Mbele has acknowledged that the supporters are correct in their assessment that a defender is needed, but went on to explain that it's not as straight forward as it may seem.

"People were justified in their observation, but it wasn't a willing seller, willing buyer market," he told City Press.

"The challenge is that, in January, clubs are in it [the market] for different reasons and they are not willing to release their best players.

"People must understand that it is not easy. It's okay because we are not the ones to sign players on popularity."

On the Zungu signing, the player's agent Mike Makaab has revealed that the move happened "very quickly" thanks to a release clause on his Stellenbosch contract.

"Nkanyiso had a year and a half left on his contract, but Stellenbosch had a very fair release clause," Makaab told City Press.

"There was a set fee to terminate his contract. We triggered that clause. The move literally happened within 48 hours."

- TeamTalk Media

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Friday, 28 February 2020
Maritzburg United v Stellenbosch, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Highlands Park, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Baroka FC, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.