Orlando Pirates Thabang Monare

Outgoing Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare could make a shock return to the club. Photo: @orlandopirates/Twitter

CONFIRMED: The SIX players Pirates have let go

Thabang Monare is among six players Pirates have parted ways with after talks between the two parties were said to have broken down.

Orlando Pirates Thabang Monare

Outgoing Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare could make a shock return to the club. Photo: @orlandopirates/Twitter

On Monday, Pirates confirmed the signing of Evidence Makgopa, Bienvenu Eva Nga, Miguel Timm and Azola Matrose. The quartet will form part of preseason preparations which commence this week.

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Meanwhile, the club also confirmed that the following players will not be part of the new season:

–    Kwanda Mngonyama
–    Abel Mabaso

–    Justice Chabalala
–    Elson Sithole
–    Wayne Sandilands
–    Thabang Monare

A statement read as follows:

Sandilands’ contract comes to an end on June 30 and will not be renewed however, the Club is currently in discussions with Management regarding another role at the Club. 

The Club can also confirm that contractual discussions with Monare have collapsed as the two parties could not agree on terms. 

The Club would like to wish the players well in their future endeavours. 

There was said to be interest from both Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM if Monare didn’t extend his contract.

It was recently reported by KickOff.com that several clubs are keeping a close eye on his contract situation, with Chiefs and Royal AM said to have made initial inquiries on his possible availability.

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Previously, Pirates beat out Chiefs to secure the 32-year-old’s signature, but with contract negotiations breaking down, he could also have options at AmaZulu or even Sundowns 

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Orlando Pirates confirmed they have reached an agreement with Golden Arrows for the transfer of Nkosinathi Sibisi.

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The Buccaneers have agreed a deal with Abafana Besthende, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Orlando Stadium when the transfer window re-opens on July 1st.

Pirates also confirmed the signing of another defender, 27-year-old Tapelo Xoki, as he joins the club from AmaZulu in a deal that sees Gabadinho Mhango moving to Usuthu.  

Pirates are going through a rebuilding process of their own

Meanwhile, Pirates have parted ways with a well-known squad member as they continue to build towards the 2022/23 season.

Recently, Pirates released the following statement, bidding farewell to Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo as they jointly announced the amicable parting of ways between the two parties.

A leader amongst men, Tyson has always sought to make a meaningful contribution wherever he plays, and this is what has ultimately influenced his decision to request the Club to grant him his request to leave.

Hlatshwayo said: “My dream to wear the black and white jersey of Orlando Pirates has been fulfilled.

“When I came here, I said I wanted a trophy, and we were able to deliver on that mandate. Unfortunately, the second season didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, and this is what has informed my decision to request the Club to grant me my wish of leaving because I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer in the field of play. This is something that I shared with Management.”

In a career that spans over 13 years, the Hlatshwayo name has contributed to the success of every club he has played for. So, it was no surprise that when the Soweto-born defender joined the Mighty Buccaneers in 2020; he was able to help guide his boyhood club to the MTN8 title in his first season.

“We had some positive talks (with Management) but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave the Club,” added Hlatshwayo.

“I will forever be grateful to the Chairman and the Club for granting me this wish. The Club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days.

“For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions. There’s a sense of pride, sadness and also optimism towards the future.

“Finally, to the fans, I would personally like to thank you for all the support.”

On behalf of the entire Orlando Pirates family, we would like to thank Tyson for his meaningful contribution and professionalism during his stay. We wish you nothing but the best as you enter the next chapter in your footballing career.

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