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Mortada announces the signing of Gabuza from Orlando Pirates
The announcement of Gabuza’s move by Mansour was made during a press briefing on Tuesday, where he also confirmed the Egyptian champions will continue playing in the 2015/2016 league season.
However, Orlando Pirates’ administration have dismissed the move, calling the fans to turn an eye
blind on the speculation.
Earlier this year, the transfer move of another Orlando Pirates player, Kermit Erasmus, was on the pipeline but the deal could not go through. The Cairo giants have instead opted for the on-form lanky striker.
“It’s all news to us. We don’t know anything about that,” Floyd Mbele told KickOff.com.
“Remember the same thing was said about Kermit Erasmus and people must not be carried away by such news.”
Mbele also added, according to The Citizen: “FIFA rules say you must inform the player’s club first.”
“And the transfer window only opens in January. Even if this is because his (Gabuza’s) contract is coming to an end, legally they can only speak to the player in January.”
Domestically, Gabuza is having an eye catching season. He was man of the match in the most recent Soweto derby and sealed a 3-2 victory for Pirates over rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
The 28-year old striker finished as the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup joint-top goalscorer alongside Etoile du Sahel’s Baghadad Boundjah with six goals. He was the scorer of the solitary goal that helped Pirates beat Al Ahly in their semi-final 1st leg tie.