‘Orlando Pirates are like overseas club’ – Nwabali urged to snub Kaizer Chiefs in favour of Bucs

For the better part of the last six or so months, Kaizer Chiefs have been linked with the services of Nigeria international goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

The 27-year-old has been a factor for both the Super Eagles and Chippa United in recent matches. He was crucial as Nigeria claimed silver in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and creamed it with 12 clean sheets for the inconsistent Chilli Boys across all competitions.

Chippa goalkeeping trainer Sean Louw has already confirmed the Super Eagle will be at the new club for the 2024/25  campaign. 

Stanley Nwabali

Leave for Orlando Pirates, not Kaizer Chiefs – Bucs are like an overseas team

The Chilli Boys skipper Justice Chabalala is happy with the shot-stopper's development but believes it will be good for him to join Bucs who recently released their two goalkeepers Sipho Chaine and Siyabonga Mpontshane leaving Sipho Chaine and Melusi Buthelezi as the two senior keepers at the club.

“We don't want to lose any players, but for me, if you leave Chippa and you move to Pirates, I say Pirates because I love them, it's a good thing,” the 32-year-old defender said as quoted by SABC Sport.

“It's a good achievement in South Africa if you move to a club like Chiefs as well, the same goes for [Mamelodi] Sundowns, maybe even SuperSport [United]. 

“I am not saying all the other teams are not good or anything, they are okay, they are very good teams, but when you move from Chippa to Pirates, everyone knows it's a good move.

“Everyone wants to play for Pirates, and I'm happy for him. He is a good boy. He has achieved what he's achieved and he deserves to play for a big team, maybe not even in South Africa, but to go outside and make money also.

“But we've been talking, ‘How was it there at Pirates? How are the Chiefs?' I said, ‘I don't know about Chiefs, but when you're at Pirates, it's like you are overseas.”

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When will Chiefs put their house in order?

Amakhosi might opt to let Itumeleng Khune leave after his 25-year service; his contract will end at the end of June.

Brandon Petersen can't be fully relied on owing to his previous costly mistakes that cost the Glamour Boys in vital games.

The Soweto giants have been heavily linked with AS Far Rabat coach Nasreddine Nabi and will leave the Moroccan side after the Throne Cup. If he is confirmed as Chiefs coach, then Nwabali might be on his wish list.

‘Orlando Pirates are like overseas club’ – Nwabali urged to snub Kaizer Chiefs in favour of Bucs
Willis Sob

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