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Orlando Pirates reignite chase of Burkinabe striker Yacouba

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates have tabled an R1.4-million transfer bid for 27-year-old Asante Kotoko striker Yacouba Songné in an attempt to bolster their attacking options.

The Sea Robbers have had their bid rejected by the Ghanaian club but the Porcupine Warriors are reportedly open to a sale if the price is right.

Orlando Pirates have already unveiled nine signings this season and it seems the Buccaneers are keen on more as they attempt to end their long wait for another league title in 2019/20.

Yacouba finished the 2018/19 season strongly scoring four goals in five appearances for Asante. Pirates pursuit of the player may be an indication that they intend to accept a large bid for Zambian forward Justin Shonga. Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly have stepped their interest in the Pirates forward who was in excellent form during last season’s Caf Champions League.

The Ghana Premier League club are believed to be holding out for a figure somewhere in the region of R2-million.

Yacouba, who has been thrice-capped by Burkina Faso, joined Asante from Malian club Stade Malien in January 2018 for a fee estimated to be around R1.1-million.

The striker, critically, has experience in the Caf Champions League and had played in three different African leagues.

Orlando Pirates strike options

Justin Shonga - Orlando Pirates reignite chase of Burkinabe striker Yacouba
George Maluleka of Kazier Chiefs and Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Kazier Chiefs at FNB Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

As things stand the Buccaneers first-choice strike pairing would be Shonga and compatriot Augustine Mulenga. Should Shonga depart though, Pirates would be left a little thin on the ground up front.

Pirates have brought in Austin Muwowo but it remains to be seen if he will be deployed as a centre-forward or out wide as is his preference. The Zambian certainly has an eye for goal tallying ten goals and eight assists last season while on loan at Forest Rangers.

Yacouba tried to force a move away from Asante Kotoko in April. The Striker was, at the time, unhappy with the club’s failure to pay him outstanding goals bonuses. The forward has also attracted interest from club’s in the French League.

Pirates have some competition for the Burkinabe’s signature, with Zambian super-club ZESCO also in the hunt to sign the player, who is highly-rated by fans of Asante.

Asante Kotoko recently acquired the services of Ugandan forward George Abege. Abege has been registered for Caf competition by the club and it is presumed that he has been signed as a replacement for the wantaway Burkinabe.

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