Pirates secure Chinyama deal

The transfer of striker Takesure Chinyama to Orlando Pirates from Zimbabwe club Dynamos have finally been secured after weeks of haggling.

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Dynamos have issued the International Transfer Certificate, allowing Pirates to register the player for the new season with a day to go before the close of the transfer window.

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Chinyama has missed Pirates’ first five games of the new campaign, including their elimination from the MTN8.

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But he could debut as soon as Saturday when the defending league champions host Moroka swallows at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Zimbabwe champions Dynamos had been refusing to issue the ITC as they claimed Pirates ha not paid them.

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But the players’ agent, Kennedy Mapeza, claimed banking regulations in South Africa had held up the deal.

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“The process took longer because Pirates had to apply to the reserve bank to send money to Zimbabwe,” he claimed.

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Chinyama said he was looking forward to his chance to play, according to an interview published on the club’s website.

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“I had a good spell in Europe before returning to Zimbabwe where I did fairly well too. Coming to South Africa is a chance for me to take my game to a higher level. Since I arrived here I’m doing a lot of physical and tactical training and I feel ready to play.”

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Chinyama has been at Pirates since mid-July. Bucs hope he will be able to produce a regular diet of goals.

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“Scoring goals is not easy, but it is something that I strive to do in every match I play. The expectations from strikers are extremely high all over the world, as we are on the front-line. I’m okay with that and scoring goals for my team will be my big mission in the PSL.”

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Chinyama was top scorer in the Zimbabwe league before leaving for Pirates. The 29-year-old scored 19 goals for Poland’s Legia Warsaw in the 2008-09 season.

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