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Confusion over Thabo Matlaba's move to Chippa United from Orlando Pirates

22:58 EAT 21/07/2018
Thabo Matlaba and William Twala
After the Chilli Boys announced Matlaba’s move, Pirates remain quiet on the move as Abbie Rasimphi refuses to comment

Despite the announcement that Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba has joining Chippa United, the player’s agent, Abbie Rasimphi, says he cannot comment on the player’s future.

It looks like the player’s future is the subject of speculation as the Soweto giants are yet to announce the player’s next destination.

Reports emerged on Friday that the versatile defender is on his way to the Chilli Boys together with Bernard Morrison and Thamsanqa Sangweni.

However, weekend reports indicate that the player is not interested in going to Port Elizabeth whilst his agent refused to comment on his client’s future.

The Eastern Cape-based side also mentioned that the trio will join coach Dan Malesela in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Moreover, the club also announced that the players have been brought in not only to fill the gaps left by the departure of Ayabulela Konqobe, Sizwe Mdlinzo and Lucky Setelele who left the side earlier in the week, but to also bolster the squad and bring in more experience.

When Goal spoke to the player’s agent on Saturday, Rasimphi could not divulge more details regarding the player’s situation at the Mayfair-based side.

“I think we can wait for Pirates to issue a statement on Matlaba,” he told Goal.

“I don’t want to talk about him regarding his interests or preferences. The club is the right channel to talk to,” he said.

“He is looking forward to the new season like all the players. I can’t really comment on his status whether he is a Pirates player or not,” concluded the agent.

To many, Matlaba’s departure is seen as a miscalculated move by the Ghost based on the player’s experience.

With coach Milutin Sredojevic preferring Innocent Maela at the left back position, Pirates may need an experienced campaigner as they will compete in five major competitions next season.

The Soweto giants are set to participate in a number of competitions, including  the Caf Champions League, MTN8 Cup, Nedbank Cup and the Telkom Knockout Cup as well as in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Until Pirates announce the player’s next move, Matlaba’s situation will remain the subject of speculation even though Chippa United announced the deal.