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Pirates Sign Two Defenders 09/07/03
Premier Soccer League tiltle holders Orlando Pirates have recently boosted their already impressive squad by signing two international defenders.

The two players are both wing-backs: John Avery of Trinidad and Tobago plays on the left while Felix Musasa Muamba, who was signed from TP Mazembe, plays down the right flank.

According to Pirates brand manager Zodwa Khoza, the Buccaneers have had the Muamba signing lined up for a while: "We reached an agreement with TP Mazembe owner Moses Katumbi a long time ago regarding the services of Muamba," said Zodwa. "And the deal was finalized on Sunday night after Mazembe's defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs, she told the official Pirates website

"The two chairmen were on Tuesday working out finer details regarding the player's personal terms and the club has already submitted an application for his work permit with the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria.

"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.

Meanwhile the club has been interested in signing John Avery since they first spotted him playing for his country a recent match against Bafana Bafana.

Avery has shown impressive form while training with the Buccaneers, and then went on to cement his claim to becoming a Pirates player after an excellent showing in the Vodacom Challenge Cup third position play-off match against St Eloi Lupopo in Durban on Sunday, which clearly impressed the Pirates bosses:

"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", Khoza  told Orlandopiratesfc.com.

She went on to say that Pirates will be releasing a list of names of players later this week who the club have decided not to keep on their books.

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