With his contract set to expire in June 2024, Makhehleni Makhaula’s future with the Orlando Pirates is uncertain.
Makhaula completed his transfer from AmaZulu to the Buccaneers in January when he inked an 18-month contract.
He has made 14 appearances for the Soweto giants in his nine months there, albeit in supporting roles. He came off the bench eleven times, but only three of those were starts.
Thabang Monare is the primary defensive midfield player that Bucs coach Jose Riveiro has relied upon. Makhaula appears to be behind Miguel Timm and Siphelo Baloni in the hierarchy.
Makhaula’s future with the Pirates has now been discussed by Sizwe Ntshangase, the agent of the former AmaZulu captain.
“Makhehleni is a professional player who knows he must fight for his place. He continues to maintain a professional attitude,” Ntshangase said
Makhehleni Makhaula of the Orlando Pirates in action Makhaula has already won two cups with the Buccaneers despite playing little. He played for the team that defeated Sekhukhune United 2-1 in the Nedbank Cup final.
Recently, Pirates defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in the MTN8 final on penalties. Makhaula did not play in that game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
When the contract expires in June 2024, the Bucs have the option to extend it by one year. To stay with the team, the 33-year-old would need to make an impression on Riveiro over the next few months.
Makhaula’s decision to sign a new deal with Pirates or leave to join another team at the end of the season is still up in the air. Riveiro obviously thinks other midfielders are better than him, though