PSL

Pirates offload Rakhale in Chippa swap deal

Thabo Rakhale (Gallo Images)
Thabo Rakhale (Gallo Images)

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.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sat 05 Dec 20 15:30 PM (SAST)
Cape Town City
Orlando Pirates
Cape Town Stadium
Sat 05 Dec 20 15:30 PM (SAST)
Golden Arrows
Swallows
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
Sat 05 Dec 20 18:00 PM (SAST)
Tshakhuma FC
AmaZulu
Thohoyandou Stadium
Results
Sun 29 Nov 20
Chippa United 1
Tshakhuma FC 1
Sat 28 Nov 20
AmaZulu 1
Cape Town City 1
Sat 28 Nov 20
Mamelodi Sundowns 3
Stellenbosch 0
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
5
4
13
2. Swallows
5
3
11
3. Orlando Pirates
5
2
9
4. SuperSport United
5
3
9