Orlando Pirates have announced the new signings of Diamond Thopola and Phetso Maphanga from Chippa United.

This move comes as the Absa Premiership teams prepare to bolster their squad during the January window. The news was confirmed on the club’s website on Thursday morning.

On the other hand, Buccaneers released midfielder Thabo Rakhale to pen with Chippa United. Rakhale’s move to Chilli Boys follows his lack of game at Pirates since head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic joined the club in August this year.

The Vanderbijlpark born has been with Ezikamagebhula since 2012 and in between he was loaned out to Polokwane City.

The 27-year-old only made less than five appearances this season as he struggled to win the jersey against Thabo Qalinge and Thembinkosi Lorch who have been Micho’s favourites since the season started.

Pirates say the move between the players was part of the swap deal.