Orlando Pirates have beaten rivals Mamelodi Sundowns for the signature of the talented Witbank Spurs right-back Roy Mahamutsa, 26, who became a Buccaneer on Wednesday.
Mahamutsa, who is also part of the South African Football Association development team, Amabinneplaas, agreed a three-season contract with Pirates.
Sowetan has gathered that The Brazilians were expected to snatch up the player two weeks ago after he impressed at their training camp in Mpumalanga.
Mahlatse Mphahlele, Sundowns' publicist, said he was not aware that Mahamutsa was targeted by his club.
Pirates official Floyd Mbele yesterday reluctantly confirmed the deal.
Themba Mafu, Spurs' co-director confirmed that the players had boarded the Pirates ship.
"Roy is such a fantastic player who played a crucial role for us last season," Mafu said.
"We knew that he will not last in the National First Division because he has all the qualities of a top defender. There is no doubt in my mind that he will make the grade in the top flight next season.
"It was a difficult decision to let a player of Roy's stature go, but we don't stand in the player's way if they want to go elsewhere for greener pastures."
The Standerton-based defender joined Spurs from PJ Stars at the beginning of last season.