Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala’s agent responds to TP Mazembe reports

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The former Free State Stars player was impressive against the Ravens, who are one of the biggest football clubs in Africa

Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala’s agent is in the dark regarding reported interest from TP Mazembe.

The 26-year-old player was part of the Bucs team that recently travelled to Zambia for a pre-season camp ahead of the new 2018/19 campaign.

Bucs played international club friendly matches against Zambian Super League sides Forest Rangers, Power Dynamos and DR Congolese giants Mazembe. 

Recent reports have indicated that Mazembe are eyeing Chabalala, who played an instrumental role in helping the Buccaneers draw 0-0 with the Ravens at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Chabalala's agent, Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi of Rush Hour Sports Management stated that he is aware that his client played well against the five-time Caf Champions League winners. 

However, the player's representative has refuted reports indicating that Mazembe are now looking to snap up Chabalala, who is heading into his third season with Pirates.

“Yes, I heard that Justice had a good game against TP Mazembe in Zambia. I also spoke to the player about their pre-season camp in Zambia,” Mulovhedzi told Goal

“However, I am not aware of any interest from Mazembe in his services at the moment. That’s news to me,” he said. 

“The player is also in the dark regarding the reported interest. He is focused on doing his job for Pirates,” he concluded. 

The former Chippa United player has entered into his final year of his contract with Pirates having signed a three-year deal with the club in 2016.

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Chabalala is competing with fellow central defenders Happy Jele, Gladwin Shitolo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Marshall Munetsi for a place in Bucs’ starting line-up.

Young central defender Brian Hlongwa is also back at the Houghton-based side following a loan spell at National First Division (NFD) Real Kings last season.

 

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