Absa Premiership

Pirates boost defence with swap deal

2017-01-23 13:47
Marc van Heerden (Gallo Images).

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 Robbers.

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.

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