By KickOff and Staff Reporter
South African giants Orlando Pirates announced this week that they are on the hunt for a striker to replace Zimbabwean marksman Tendai Ndoro who has been sold to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Faisaly.
Ndoro, who missed this week’s 1-1 draw with Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium this week, was due to have a medical with the Harmah City-based club, which finished ninth in the topflight last season.
“Orlando Pirates can confirm that we have reached an agreement for the sale of the Zimbabwean international to Al Faisaly Football Club. Ndoro is due to undergo a medical in Saudi Arabia before the deal is finalised.’
The Warriors striker scored 13 goals in 34 appearances in 2016/17 for Orlando Pirates, having joined the Buccaneers from Mpumalanga Black Aces in July 2015.
South African newspapers reported this week that Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had placed the responsibility of finding a replacement for Ndoro in the hands of management while he focused on what happens on the field.
Ndoro’s departure, who was Pirates’ top scorer last season, will increase pressure on Pirates to bring in a player of quality to replace the Zimbabwean marksman before the window closes, but Micho says it’s up to management.
Should they fail to sign a replacement, Ayanda Nkosi and Thabiso Kutumela are options for the former Uganda coach.
“This is something we will look at in the coming days. The transfer window is about to close. Myself I have put full focus on the field of play,” Sredojevic said after the draw at Baroka.
Competition with Brazilians
“Management is looking at all things to be sorted, so I would rather speak about the field of play. We shall see what will happen up to the end of the transfer window.”
Al Faisaly are looking to strengthen after enduring a tough season last term, where they finished ninth on the log, 34 points behind top of the table finishers Al Hilal.
The Saudi Arabian top-flight has attracted many foreigners, particularly Brazilians, due to the riches that it offers.
It is likely that Pirates were offered a sum too good to resist by Al Faisaly, which forced them to cash in on their top marksman.
At Al Faisaly, Ndoro will compete for a place against Brazilian Regerinho, Romanian Mircea Axente as well as a pool of locals. There are two other Brazilians in the squad as well as a Croatian striker.
The team is coached by Serbian Vuk Rasovic, who led Partizan Belgrade to the league title in the 2012-13 season in his home country.
The move might have made sense for Ndoro, who gets both a competitive league and a handsome pay packet.
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