Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa is expected to leave the club on loan with two DStv Premiership clubs favourites to get him on their books for next season, SABC Sport understands.

The Buccaneers have so far confirmed the departures of seven players having already welcomed Nkosinathi Sibisi, Tapelo Xoki, Miguel Timm, Eva Nga, Evidence Makgopa and Azola Matrose as they again look to challenge for titles.

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But they are likely to do that without Mabasa, who has fallen down the pecking order of forwards at the club and the arrival of Makgopa and Nga doesn’t do his hopes of nailing a regular berth any favours.

SABC Sport has gathered that the 25-year-old is not short of suitors, however, and rival clubs Richards Bay FC and Sekhukhune United are the two clubs in pole position to sign the player on loan ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season.

Mabasa managed 22 games under co-coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi, but the majority of them were from the substitutes’ bench, which could explain why he only scored three goals in that period.

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He’s scored eight the season before and had in that time made it onto the Bafana Bafana radar, which would have been a confidence booster had coach Hugo Broos not been so critical of the player when he did give him a chance.

Richards Bay are the newest kids of the topflight block and keen to beef up their squad to avoid dropping down to the lower division after just one year, while Sekhukhune are in the second season and have just hired Kaitano Tembo as their coach.

Mabasa could do with a fresh start, and the public broadcaster’s sport desks understands that Pirates are close to agreeing a deal that will see him spend a season out on loan.

Linda Mntambo is also in the conversation and he too may be at one of the two clubs in similar terms to those of Mabasa.

By Mazola Molefe

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