EXTRA TIME: South African football's search for former Orlando Pirates keeper Wayne Roberts

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The former Orlando Pirates, Santos and South African youth international was the centre of attention on Friday morning

There were serious concerns for Wayne Roberts when a photograph of him circulated on Twitter, placing his whereabouts in question.

Football journalists from other media then tried to track the player down to help him.

However it turned out that Roberts is currently healthy and safe.

He is actually working as a carpenter in Cape Town and is also keeping fit by playing amateur football in an over-35's league. 

This may confirm that Roberts is indeed on the road to recovery since he was reportedly in trouble back in the year 2009 when at Santos.

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Santos COO Edries Burton revealed the following to Kickoff.Com back then.

“Wayne is back at training but we have tried to keep it under wraps because we wanted it to stay within the club. He has been to rehabilitation as a way of assisting him. He spent the better part of the off-season in rehab having started the programme at the end of last season,” said Burton at the time.

Asked about the contractual issues around Roberts, Burton was quick to respond: “Wayne has always had a contract with the club so there is nothing new that we have had to negotiate with him. We sent him to rehab while under contract.” 

Roberts enjoyed his best run of form under Roger De Sa while at Bidvest Wits a few seasons before that, where he played 138 matches helping Wits move up the table at the time.

Here's how the latest story developed on Friday.