Orlando Pirates strike deal with Chippa United without informing players

Dr Khoza announced that they had signed Okwuosa, Lorch and Van Heerden from Chippa, and that Chabalala would be going in the opposite direction

Orlando Pirates appear to have reached an agreement with Chippa United regarding the transfers of Justice Chabalala and Sello Japhta without actually informing the two players and their agent.

Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi, who represents the two players, confirmed to Goal that Pirates have not said anything about sending Chabalala and Japhta on loan to the Chilli Boys for the remainder of the season despite Chippa Mpengesi and Dr Irvin Khoza announcing the deal in the media.

Chabalala’s sudden ‘move’ to the Chilli Boys came as a shock to the majority of Pirates fans, especially as he featured regularly for the Sea Robbers in the first round of the campaign.

The 25-year-old centre-back won four man of the match awards for his sterling performances in the 10 games he played since joining the club from Free State Stars at the start of the season.  

Khoza announced that they had a struck a deal to sign three players in James Okwuosa, Thembinkosi Lorch and Marc van Heerden from the Port Elizabeth-based club.  

“There is nothing like that,” Mulovhedzi told Goal when asked if his clients are indeed on the verge of joining Chippa United.

“What’s happening is that the players are confused and they’re asking me questions that I cannot even answer because no one has told me anything,” he said.

“I told them that I will let them know as soon as I hear anything, but what I can tell you is that they haven’t decided simply because not even the club informed them,” he continued.

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He added: “I'm sure the chairman (Dr Khoza) will get to the bottom of this and sort it out.”

Mulovhedzi confirmed that Chabalala and Japhta are still training with Pirates, but revealed that they are worried about their futures at the club. 

“As we speak now, the two players are training with Pirates. They haven’t signed with anyone. They are worried that they might be leaving the club,” Mulovhedzi concluded.