Orlando Pirates may be set to miss out on a reported striker target in the form of Chibuike Ohizu.
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Pirates are known admirers of Ohizu, who has impressed for Sekhukhune United in their maiden season in the DStv Premiership.
Ohizu had an impressive start to the season
Ohizu has burst on to the scene this season, after firing out of the blocks in the DStvPremiership scoring charts. The Nigerian was one of the first players to reach the five goal mark in the league during the campaign, catching the eye of many onlookers. One of those onlookers has been reported to be Pirates, who have been monitoring the player’s progress along with clubs from further up on the continent.
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Heading into the January transfer window, club sources at Sekhukhune had given an indication that they were open to selling their key assets. Those key assets being mainly Ohizu who had emerged as a Pirates target, and Bafana Bafana and former Pirates youngster Yusuf Maart who had ironically, now emerged as a midfield target for Kaizer Chiefs.
Pirates didn’t seem to pursuit him in January
Admittedly, things on the Pirates/Ohizu side went very quiet during the window itself, but that may have been expected. Buccaneers co-coach Fadlu Davids had already hinted that, the influx of attacking talent that was about to return from injuries was enough to carry the team until the end the season.
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The South African News reported on Thursday that Sekhukhune had changed their stance and were no longer willing to sell the player. That in itself may be of concert to Pirates. But what could further compound their misery are the rumours that the player himself, is looking beyond the DStv Premiership for his next move, acceding to sources speaking to The Citizen.
Player looking abroad
“It’s good when we hear that the players in the team are being wanted by other teams, that means that they (our players) are doing something right, but people must not go behind our backs. And just to be transparent with you regarding what he wants, he wants to play at bigger leagues somewhere in Europe, that’s what he is working on at the moment,” said the source who is thought to be close to the Sekhukhune camp.
If Ohizu gets his way, it would seem Pirates would have to look elsewhere for a striker target.