Absa Premiership

Pirates offload Rakhale in Chippa swap deal

2017-12-21 12:12
Thabo Rakhale (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates have announced the signings of Chippa United full-backs Diamond Thopola and Phetso Maphanga as playmaker Thabo Rakhale moves in the opposite direction.

Thopola, 27, capped once by Bafana Bafana, has earned a reputation as a tough-tackling right-back and captained the Chilli Boys this season before a calf problem ruled him out for three months.

Maphanga, 24, a left-back, has been an ever-present figure for the Port Elizabeth-based side this season, with 14 starts in the 15 fixtures played.

The statement read:

Orlando Pirates Football Club are pleased to announce the signings of defenders Diamond Thopola and Phetso Maphanga from Chippa United.

Both players join the club with immediate effect and will be introduced to the coaching staff when training resumes on December 27.

Maphanga is a defender, who is in the mould of team captain Thabo Matlaba while Thopola, who was captain of the Chilly Boys is known for his no nonsense style of play.

The Club can also confirm that winger Thabo Rakhale moves across to the Chilly Boys as part of the deal.

The Club would like to thank Rakhale for his contribution at the club and wish him all of the best in his future.

 

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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