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.