Orlando Pirates are apparently set to finally secure the signing of the Cameroonian in-form striker Marou Souaibou.

Towards the end of last year, Cameroonian football website kick442.com reported that Marou Souaibou – who formed part of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions squad at the FIFA World Cup – had signed a multi-year deal worth around R3.4 million plus add-ons with Pirates.

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SABC Sport offered further insight to suggest in another report that the 22-year-old was expected to be heading to the Buccaneers after successful negotiations between Pirates and his club Coton Sport.

It was then reported that the club had officially agreed to sell Souaibou for an amount of US$200 000 (R3.4m), which will be paid with a 15% selling on fee.

It’s now been stated by reliable online source Unplayable that he is indeed finalising his move to the Buccaneers.

Before the end of last year, there were various twists to this story, with well-known football agent Mike Makaab, who facilitated the deal between the parties, having stated that this news of the signing was premature and “unprofessionally” communicated.

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“The statement was released prematurely because the deal hasn’t been concluded,” Makaab told Gagasi FM in mid-December, as quoted by Soccer Laduma.

“We are very annoyed, and I know Orlando Pirates is very annoyed because that’s not the way the Chairman operates.

“And obviously somewhere along the line, a source within the club or someone connected to a source within Coton Sport has released the details of the deal and that’s not how Pirates work, and it’s not how we work as a professional agency.

“So the deal hasn’t been done. I can assure you and the chances are that a deal won’t be done.

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“Based on the fact that it was released in a very unprofessional manner, so we are not sure where we go from here.”

Makaab said at the time that he would be meeting with Irvin Khoza to address the matter, and it may now finally be resolved.


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