Ayanda Gcaba reflects on Orlando Pirates tenure
Posted: 22 June 2018 Time: 09:15
Former Orlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba has reflected on his time at the club, and says he holds no grudges against anyone following his release.
Gcaba was let go of after six years of dilligent service to the Buccaneers, whom he joined from Free State Stars back in July 2012.
The 32-year-old managed to establish himself as a key figure in the club’s road to both the 2013 CAF Champions League and 2015 Confederation Cup finals, in which they suffered defeats to Al Ahly and Etoile du Sahel respectively.
However, those are memories Gcaba will forever cherish as those African quests shaped him into the player he is today, and he has no hard feelings over his departure.
“It’s football – players come and go. I was happy ever since I arrived at Pirates, even though it wasn’t easy at first. But after my first season I established myself in the team,” Gcaba tells KickOff.com.
“I started playing week-in and week-out, and even went to play in Africa, which for me was an awesome experience because it was my first time.
“I learnt a lot and grew as both a player and as a person, and I can’t say I regret my time there. I served my time, and I grew to love the club as my family.
“But, as in every family, you have your ups and downs, but for me there won’t be any complaints. I’m happy that I was a part of it and I served my time. I wish them all the best for the upcoming season.”
Having spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated Platinum Stars, the lanky left-footed centre-back admits his early release came as somewhat of a surprise.
“To be honest, I thought I would come back after the loan deal, but they obviously felt they don’t need my services anymore,” he adds.
“They sat me down, spoke to me, and there are no hard feelings or grudges. All I can say is that I served and I’m happy about it.
“Leaving the team is not the end of the road for me, and now I just have to go and look to serve somewhere else.”
Gcaba is currently back home in Durban, after contesting the recent PSL promotion/relegation play-offs with Dikwena, and is awaiting updates from his representatives at Prosport International with regards to offers for his services.