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Free State Stars defender Thabo Matlaba says he has signed for Orlando Pirates

Posted: 20 January 2012 Time: 14:27

Despite Free State Stars informing that he had not signed, Thabo Matlaba and his agent insist he is an Orlando Pirates player.

Stars PRO Lebohang Moketa inexplicably denied the move to yesterday, saying it was merely media speculation, and that there had not even been talks between the two clubs.

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But Matlaba's agent Abbie Rasimphi claims Matlaba has signed a three-year contract with Pirates.

"Thabo is a Pirates player," Rasimphi says. "Pirates are a very professional club and followed the right channels to sign the player. I have got contract to show you that the boy has signed for Pirates!"

Meanwhile, the player himself is keen to get down to the business of football at his new club.

"I am an Orlando Pirates player and I have signed with the club," Matlaba tells

"It's been my dream to play for a big team like Pirates and the icing on the cake is the fact that they are the team I supported since my childhood!

As for the pressure that comes hand in hand with playing for Bucs, the Limpopo-born defender says: "In life sometimes you need take risks and I feel like I have made the right decision to join Pirates. I am feeling no pressure at all."

Matlaba will only start training with Pirates next week: "I was sick, but was at training yesterday and the club introduced me to the rest of the players. I will only officially start training with the club on Monday."

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Donald Duck
posted: 02:36 pm
Dude u cannot b a rats player till free state stars have been paid their money and issue u with a clearence idiot. U can sign 10 year contract it won't mean sh*t..
Cowza and manto reached a agreement @ formula 1, but not woth the manqana. Now they reached agreement with matlaba but not with his club, dis is a circus..
posted: 02:38 pm
wat da heck is happening by the rat holes?
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 02:50 pm
Who are all these no names 5 Skippers are signing. Irvan Khoza is just signing and swapping players for the sake of it. Why does Irvin not jut all the players in the playersin the PSL and turn them into rats.
posted: 02:51 pm
kickoff is lying.
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 02:52 pm
This auntie Manto/Cosa boning each other relationship must stop.
posted: 02:55 pm
Both players signed.KO ,just like SL on Ntshangase issue,is trying to provide Zebras with something to celebrate.
posted: 03:08 pm
Dankie juju,welcum home...we the supporters are also ready to give a warm welcome like we do to all our family members.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 03:13 pm
Hehehehehe, SABC says the soapie generate more revenue than soccer, I doubt it- with comic clubs like this you can generate twice the amount. What is mickey mouse the rat has to say about these twists...
posted: 03:29 pm
Khosa and Manto are running the leaque, they can do what ever they please. Forge player's signature and no one will do a thing.
posted: 03:38 pm I laughing or what...hehehehe? that's the only consolation left to the poor Zebra Force Zimbo FC faithfools who are only left wondering what happened to the so called mighty Nappyrena Chimps such that they are scrutinizing everything happening at their neighbours. I've got only one thing to say, if you cannot beat them join them or perish in a sinking ship. Here comes the second star, we mean business.
posted: 03:41 pm
Oh BTW Manqana will be donning the famous black and white strip come thunder or sunshine. His agent is dreaming
posted: 05:42 pm
If its true Senzo Mandigiza must shoulder the blame!
posted: 11:26 pm
Guys tel me. Z this matlaba a ryt back?
posted: 09:51 am
mrs cooper,nxt tym dnt jst jump.u made a fool out of urslf.hw shameful.on behalf of pirates,i demand an appology.
posted: 06:26 am
Thanks matlaba nd yo agent 4making this editor ordinary! He iz n ant-pirates moron!! We demand n apology
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