Conflicting reports on ex-Bafana star

Bucs star on European move, while the team seeks to sign goalkeeper

Sports Reporter

Former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is believed to be considering hanging up his boots so he can focus on his businesses, sources close to him have claimed.

  After leaving Turkish side BB Erzurumspor last season

Tshabalala has been linked with PSL teams Highlands Park and Maritzburg United, and also Moroka Swallows who play in the GladAfrica Championship league. There also have been reports that he may return to Europe.

  Meanwhile sources in the Orlando Pirates camp indicate that winger Thembinkosi Lorch is set for a move to Europe at the end of the season.

  Lorch was supposed to join Percy Tau at his Belgian side Club Brugge. However, Pirates were reported to have declined the offer made for Lorch.

  A source said Lorch will remain with Bucs for the rest of the season. “But it doesn’t seem like he will be playing in the PSL next season. He is really eager to play overseas, and has been dreaming about it since he started playing football. But he knows that his time will come and doesn’t want to force things.”

  Meanwhile the Buccaneers are said to be moving to sign Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori at the end of the season. According to SunSport, Pirates overtook Mamelodi Sundowns in the race to sign the goalkeeper. The newspaper said Bucs loaned out Tebogo Tlolane to Maritzburg United to sweeten the deal.

“Pirates are worried about their goalkeeper department as Wayne Sandilands is not getting any younger; which is why they loaned out Tlolane to Maritzburg because they want Ofori,” a source was quoted as saying.

  Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia however insisted that Ofori will stay with his team. “He isn’t going anywhere,” said Kadodia.

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