Niger star joins new teammates at Bucs
ORLANDO Pirates coach Julio Leal must be a relieved man now that Niger attacking midfielder Boubacar Talatou has finally arrived in South Africa.
Talatou's arrival comes at a time when The Ghost are crossing their fingers for their top striker Benni McCarthy to recover from a hamstring injury.
McCarthy aggravated the injury when Pirates beat Black Leopards in the Telkom Knockout match on Saturday. The former Bafana Bafana attacker was substituted by Bongani Ndulula after scoring the opener against Leopards.
The Buccaneers have been struggling to score goals but Talatou could solve their problems.
Talatou has been used right behind the strikers at national team level and in Gabon where he played before heading to SA.
He was part of the Niger team that qualified for their first 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals scheduled for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next year.
He will join his new teammates at training today. He is excited about the prospect of playing for last season's treble winners.
"Pirates are one of the biggest clubs in Africa, and it's such an honour for me to play for them. I promise to do my best to help Pirates win trophies," he said.
Pirates administration manager Senzo Mazingiza confirmed that Talatou will be at training today.
He said, however, that they were still awaiting his work permit. "I can confirm that Boubacar arrived on Sunday and we are happy that he is finally here," he said.