A PIRATE NOW: Mobara. CREDIT: Sourced
Orlando Pirates are on the warpath and the Sowetans have raided Ajax Cape Town to strengthen their challenge for next season.

The Buccaneers announced the signing of two of Ikamva’s most promising graduates - Abbubaker Mobara and Riyaad Norodien.

Mobara, who is currently on national duty with the Olympics-bound Cosafa Cup, is a versatile player.

Recently coming back from trials with Cape side’s parent club Ajax Amsterdam, Mobara can play rightback, in central defence and in the middle of the park.

Norodien is an exciting winger and will be hoping to blossom at a bigger club the same way Keagan Dolly has at Mamelodi Sundowns under his former Ajax mentor Muhsin Ertugral.

Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza says: “I am pleased to announce the successful negotiations between ourselves and Ajax Cape Town over the services of Mobara and Norodien.

“We have been given the go-ahead to make contact with both players and finalise personal terms.

“Obviously, with someone like Mobara currently in Namibia with the South African national team, we will only be able to finalise with him and his representatives when he returns from international duty.

“However, we will be finalising soon with Norodien.”

The Iron Duke is now turning his attention to another Ajax old boy - Steven Pienaar.

As a boyhood Bucs fan, the former Everton man has expressed his desire to finish his career at home, while also hinting at a possible move to China.

Khoza says: “Steven has previously expressed a long time desire to come to Pirates and if he’s available it will be a pleasure to talk to him.

“He needs a platform like Pirates, just like Benni [McCarthy] did when he won things with us locally after a long time in Europe.”

Pienaar adds: “A PSL league medal would be nice...”

Meanwhile, Khoza also confirmed the signing of AS Vita striker Bernard Morrison.

He says: “We’ve also signed [Bernard] Morrison.”