Appollis, Aziz Ki and the five players Orlando Pirates should target to replace Vincent Pule

 Orlando Pirates recently parted ways with one of their most experienced campaigners, Vincent Pule.

The silky winger’s contract was terminated by mutual consent, allowing him to join a club of his choice as a free agent.

This might have come as a shock to some given the player had recently put pen to paper on a new deal at Pirates and was on the road to recovery after struggles with injuries.

But it appears Jose Riveiro had seen enough and decided the 32-year-old was not in his plans for the upcoming season and the foreseeable future.

Pule departed the mighty Buccanneers having contributed 23 goals and 12 assists in over 140 appearances over six seasons.

The former Bidvest Wits talisman is reportedly not short of suitors with the likes of SuperSport United and AmaZulu clamouring for his signature.

Orlando Pirates have also made strides in finding his replacement, signing Angola international winger Delvi Miguel Vieira - also known as Gilberto, from Petro de Luanda.

However, GOAL looks at other enterprising wide-men the Soweto giants could target to fill the void left by the man affectionately known as ‘Mashonisa’.

Oswin Appollis

Oswin Appollis

The 22-year-old Polokwane City attacker was one of the top performers last season and it is no surprise he has landed on the wish list of some of the biggest clubs in the PSL.

The 2023-24 campaign was Appollis’ first full season in the PSL and he shone brightly in his 31 matches across all competitions, scoring seven times and providing five assists for Rise and Shine.

The youngster’s form did not go unnoticed as Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos drafted him into his Africa Cup of Nations squad where he was part of a team that finished third and clinched the bronze medal in the Ivory Coast.

As a result of his performances for City and Bafana, Appollis is said to be on the radar of Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs and would be a solid signing for any of the Soweto giants.

Despite Pirates already clinching the signature of Gilberto, Appollis would be another great addition to the side as they look to go all out in the Caf Champions League this season.

Elias Mokwana

Elias Mokwana, 16-9

Mokwana was a revelation for Sekhukhune United last season and he is another player who has been linked with the big boys in the PSL.

The 24-year-old star grew in leaps and bounds at Babina Noko and was one of the top performers for the club in what was his debut top-flight campaign.

Mokwana's impressive 2023/24 season saw him scoring four goals and providing five assists in 35 games in all competitions for the Limpopo-based side.

He was also rewarded with a Bafana Bafana call-up by coach Broos, making his debut against Andorra during the Fifa international break in March.

He can operate anywhere in the front three but has mostly been used as a traditional right-winger, a position Pule occupied at Pirates although he was inverted.

Devin Titus

Devin Titus of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch FC’s red-hot winger, Titus, was firing on all cylinders in the previous campaign as he played a key role in his side’s impressive campaign.

The diminutive winger, who was promoted to the first team in January 2021, rose through the ranks to become an important member of Stellies’ squad.

The former SA junior international banged in 12 goals and provided three assists in 39 appearances in all competitions last season, turning a few heads.

His stellar performances helped Steve Barker’s side win their maiden trophy in the top flight when they clinched the Carling Black Label Cup.

He is another versatile player who can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger on either side and would be a solid addition to the Pirates team.

Stephane Aziz Ki

Stephane Aziz Ki of Young Africans

The Burkinabe has been the subject of PSL transfer rumours since last season as a result of his strong performances for Tanzanian giants Young Africans.

The prolific forward, who scored 21 times in the Tanzanian Premier League last season, has been linked with Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Aziz Ki announced himself to the South African public with a stunning performance against Sundowns in the Champions League quarter-finals last season despite his side losing that tie.

He had already been setting the Tanzanian top-flight alight, sparking major interest from top teams across the African continent.

He fits the bill in the kind of forward Pirates would need in the Champions League where he was Yanga's standout performer last term.

Although he recently extended his Yanga contract, it has emerged that a significant offer could price him away from the Tanzanians.

Tshepang Moremi

Tshepang Moremi, Bafana Bafana, June 2024

The 2023/24 campaign saw Moremi establish himself as a key AmaZulu player and even catch the eye of Bafana Bafana's mentor Broos.

The 23-year-old was a prominent feature for Usuthu under Spanish coach Pablo Franco Martin last season as he only missed one PSL match.

Although his goal return was not particularly impressive, it was his all-round contribution to the team that caught the eye, making him a player with huge potential for the future.

He could be a player Pirates look towards not only for the present but also the future, which looks very bright for the talented winger.

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