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Mon Apr 21 02:36:44 SAST 2014

Okonkwo rejoins Buccaneers

TEAMtalk Media and Sapa | 25 June, 2012 13:160 Comments
Absa Premiership: Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic
Pirates players form a huddle during the PSL match between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Soweto, South Africa
Image by: Duif Du Toit / Gallo Images

Onyekachi Okonkwo will once more play his football for Orlando Pirates after re-signing with the club on Monday morning.

The 30-year-old first joined the Buccaneers in 2004 before leaving three years later for Swiss outfit FC Zurich, but he returns to South African shores from Qatari club Al Kharitiyath for the upcoming PSL season after penning a deal in Soweto.

"Well, you know what they say, Once a Pirate always a Pirate," Okonkwo told the club's official website.

"This is a club which has been very close to my heart, even when I was playing overseas I always kept contact with the chairman (Dr Irvin Khoza) to find out how he and the club were doing.

"To come back to Pirates after five years playing abroad will be challenging for a number of reasons, for starters the team I will be joining will be completely different to the team I left behind in 2007. So although I've played here before it will be like joining a new club but I look forward to the challenge."

Speaking of his desire to once more win over Pirates' supporters, the Nigerian added: "I am really looking forward to playing my first game in front of the Pirates supporters. I enjoyed playing in front of them because they were always there when I needed the support."

Okonkwo is the sixth new signing for the PSL champions ahead the coming season.

Last season’s treble winners have also signed the Free State Stars duo of Ayanda Gcaba and Monti Moholo as well as Patrick Phungwayo from Wits.

Siya Mngoma, who previously turned out for newly-promoted University of Pretoria, and another youngster, Khethowakhe Masuku from Black Leopards, have also been added to Pirates’ books.

“We are not done yet. There’ll be more players signing,” Khoza said on Monday.

The Buccaneers, who started pre-season training on Monday, are expected to release a number of players from the squad later this week.

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