Cape Town – As the new Absa Premiership season approaches, Orlando Pirates have confirmed the departure of defender Thabo Matlaba.
The 31-year-old's current contract is set to expire at the end of June and the club approached the player's representatives with a fresh offer which would have seen him take a pay cut.
However, former Free State Stars player refused to sign the contract and will now subsequently leave after donning the Soweto giants colours for seven years.
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On Tuesday 18th June 2019, Thabo Matlaba met with the chairman Dr Khoza to discuss his future at the Club.
Dr Khoza confirmed to Thabo that his contract of employment was expiring at the end of June 2019 and asked Thabo to please come back to Dr Khoza on Thursday with a proposal of his package for a new contract.
On Thursday 20th June 2019, Thabo Matlaba met with Dr Khoza as agreed. At this meeting (which was also attended by the Financial Manager), Thabo explained his personal situation and advised that he is not able to reduce from the current package that he is on.
Dr Khoza explained to Thabo that the Club is not in a position to pay high salaries to players who are not playing regularly. Normally, Dr Khoza would release these players at the end of the players' contract but in Thabos case, as he has a special place for Thabo and also because Thabo has served the club so professionally and led by example as a captain over the past 7 years, he has not done this and has specifically asRead More