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Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael targeting former Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo

Posted: 29 August 2017 Time: 18:47

Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has confirmed he is looking to bring Patrick Phungwayo to the Bethlehem side following his release from Orlando Pirates.

The 29-year-old left-back, who made just 17 appearances for the Buccaneers last season, had his contract in Soweto mutually terminated today, making him a free agent and eligible to join any club at any point.

READ: Pirates and Phungwayo part ways

Stars would love to have an experienced player at left-back after losing Bokang Thlone to Bidvest Wits.

And Eymael, who was appointed Ea Lla Koto coach in mid-August, has now targeted the former Bucs defender.

"As you know, we are assessing [Cheslyn] Jampies but it will depend at the end of this week because we are also interested in Pirates' Patrick Phungwayo because our left-back Makhehleni Makhawula has just done a surgery, he got injured in our last game,” Eymael tells

"When I was in Belgium I read somewhere that Pirates are ready to release him. I spoke to Mike Makaab but he will only arrive today from Belgium."

Phungwayo joined the Buccaneers from Bidvest Wits as a promising player in 2012 but was never able to fulfil his potential.

Before his departure, the player struggled to play regularly in the Buccaneers’ starting line-up and is now looking for a new home where he can play regularly.

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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