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Justice Chabalala hasn't extended Orlando Pirates contract, says agent

22:01 BST 26/06/2018
Justice Chabalala, Orlando Pirates, November 2017
Chabalala in the final year of his contract with Pirates, and while Bucs have an option to renew for two years, the club hasn't triggered that option

Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala’s agent has refuted reports indicating that the player’s contract with the club has been extended.

The 26-year-old player struggled for game time at Bucs during the 2017/18 season as he was used mainly as back-up in central defence.

Chabalala could only make seven appearances in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) under Bucs' Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, who preferred Happy Jele, Gladwin Shitolo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza in defence. 

On Tuesday, reports emerged that Chabalala had signed a two-year extension with the Buccaneers emerged ahead of the upcoming season.

Goal spoke to Chabalala's agent, Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi, who dismissed the reports, stating that he would have been the first to know if Pirates intended to keep the player longer. 

“No, it is not true. Those are misleading reports. Justice’s contract with Orlando Pirates is yet to be extended by the club,” Mulovhedzi told Goal.

“Pirates are professional enough to inform me if they are planning on extending the player’s contract,” he continued.

The lanky player penned a three-year deal when he joined the Buccaneers from Free State Stars ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Chabalala has made only 15 league appearances for Bucs since joining them from Ea Lla Koto.

“His current deal with Pirates will expire next year (June 2019) and he is staying with the club. He is happy at Pirates,” Mulovhedzi said.

“I spoke to the player today [Tuesday] and he underwent medical tests with his Pirates team-mates. He is looking forward to the new season,” he concluded.

Chabalala spent the second half of the 2016/17 season out on loan at Chippa United.