Thu, Sep

Orlando Pirates completed the signing of two international defenders on Tuesday in preparation for participation in the revamped African Champions League and would release the names of players to be off-loaded before the end of the week.

Zodwa Khoza, the Pirates brand manager confirmed the signing of Trinidad and Tobago left back Avery John who featured in the Vodacom Challenge Cup third position play-off match against St Eloi Lupopo in Durban on Sunday.

In addition, Zodwa also confirmed that managing director Irvin Khoza finalized the deal for the TP Mazembe attacking right wingback Felix Musasa Muamba distinguished by his trademark white boots and hand gloves.

"The boy is excited about the prospect of playing for Pirates and has already made enquiries regarding which jersey number he would be wearing."

Khoza added that Trinidadian Avery was simply brilliant against Lupopo and the club was delighted to have reached agreement with him to pursue his career in South Africa with the defending league champions.

"He was invited here after he was spotted during his country's match against Bafana Bafana," explained Zodwa. "And although he impressed during training, his overall performance against Lupopo was the clincher.

"He had been offered a contract and the boy returns to the Caribbean while the club submits applications for his work permit as well. We are determined to build a solid team for the African Champions League and we are searching for the very best of the best players for Pirates."

Zodwa also revealed that Avery left a letter at the club's Parktown offices thanking Pirates for the hospitality extended to him during his stay while on trial and the opportunity given to him to pursue his career with the club.

Zodwa also revealed that the list of players who would be off-loaded to try their luck elsewhere would be released before the end of the week.