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End Of Seven-Year Stay For Bucs Star?

Orlando Pirates’ Thabo Matlaba Decision Pending

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by Soccer Laduma

May 17, 2019 07:45 AM

Tags: ABSA Premiership Orlando Pirates Thabo Matlaba Premier Soccer League PSL

A huge end squad decision is to be made regarding the future of an Orlando Pirates veteran who see his seven-and-a-half-year stay with the club come to an end.

With the 2018/19 season having come to an end for the Buccaneers, after thrashing Polokwane City 3-0 in their last match to finish second to Mamelodi Sundowns on the Absa Premiership log, the Siya crew has it on good authority that defender Thabo Matlaba has yet to have his contract with the Soweto giants extended.

Read: Jele Passes Bucs Test, Club’s Big Decision Awaits… 

The 31-year-old will see his contract with Bucs come to an end at the end of next month, and in the player’s own words in latest Soccer Laduma, edition 1123, he has been waiting on the club to either start the negotiations for a new contract or to release him.

As previously reported by the Siya crew, in edition 1120 of Soccer Laduma, the versatile player has been open to offers.

The Tembisa-born player’s agent, Abbie Rasimphi, said at the time, “There isn’t anything happening right now, but if anything comes from the club (Pirates), we will take it. But there’s nothing so far.”

Read: Bhele, Teko & Now Another Legend Quits, More To Follow… 

Matlaba appeared to have fallen out of favour under coach Milutin Sredojevic, having made only seven league appearances all campaign.

The player has been with the Buccaneers since 2012, after joining from Free State Stars in 2012, and is one of the experienced members of the current squad.  

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bongz wa lekhosi
May 22, 2019 10:55 PM

ur wlcm to join makhosi poi

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JamieM
May 20, 2019 10:34 PM

I feel for Festival but it seems there is something that we don't know. I think he should've agreed to be loaned out to Chippa. He would've got enough game time to keep him going.

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OnceandAlways
May 20, 2019 11:14 AM

Matlaba's versitily makes him a huge asset. If I were Micho I would def retain him at Pirates. Maela has been doing well but what happens if he gets injured? We will be competing in Africa again next season so Matlaba will def come in handy. We cannot take any trophy for granted next season, otherwise we could end up empty handed again

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