Orlando Pirates have confirmed that striker Ayanda Nkosi is a relieved man after the National Prosecutions Services decided to drop the rape charge against him, the club reported on Tuesday.
The news were communicated to the 25-year-old player and the club on the same day, with the state confirming that it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the striker had committed the crime.
Here's part of the statement as released by the Sea Robbers on their official website:
"Ayanda Nkosi was relieved when he was informed earlier today that the state has dropped the rape charge against him," read the statement.
The statement continued: "Mr. Nkosi was informed via a letter from the National Prosecutions Services that after careful consideration of the docket, it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Nkosi had committed this heinous act."
The former Maritzburg United marksman, who is yet to feature for the Buccaneers this season, expressed his delight after being cleared of any wrongdoing.
“I would like to refer to the club’s pledge which has stayed with me since my induction at the club, that violence against women and children is like waging a war on ourselves as a nation and we must speak out against it and be exemplary through our deeds and serve as role models,” said Nkosi.
“I am happy that my name has been cleared," concluded Nkosi.
Nkosi has entered the final year of his current deal with the Buccaneers having joined the club on a three-year contract from Free State Stars ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The former University of Pretoria student has made 10 appearances in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for Bucs - netting once in the process.