Chippa United explain controversy around transfer of Orlando Pirates' Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Morrison
Posted: 26 July 2018 Time: 16:12
Chippa United have finally come out to clarify the controversy surrounding their announcement that the club had signed Orlando Pirates duo Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Morrison.
The Chilli Boys last week Friday announced the acquisition of Morrison and Matlaba in addition to the re-signing of former captain Thamsanqa Sangweni.
Prates shortly thereafter released a statement confirming the termination of Sangweni's contract, but remained mum on the other transfers.
KickOff.com gathered that Matlaba had expressed reluctance to move to the Port Elizabeth-based outfit despite their announcement, and he was also spotted at the club's charity event on Tuesday to further add to the controversy.
Bucs players have just arrived.— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) July 24, 2018
Spotted Thabo Matlaba amongst the contingent here, clearly indicating the controversy around his supposed move to Chippa United. pic.twitter.com/2sgox2Ls1B
Morrison, meanwhile, posted a farewell message to The Buccaneers on his social media pages, while also distancing himself from a move to Chippa.
The club have thus come out to clarify the events that transpired leading up to the confusion.
"Orlando Pirates duo Bernard Morrison and Thabo Matlaba will no longer be joining Chippa United as previously indicated," read a statement from Chippa.
"The clubs had reached an agreement that Morrison and Matlaba were to join Chippa United on loan, hence the announcement was by the club.
"Following the negative reports in the media regarding the move of Matlaba and Morrison, it was decided by all parties involved that the loan agreements be terminated.
"Morrison has since been released from his contract at Orlando Pirates, with Matlaba opting to stay with the Sea Robbers and fight for his position in the team."
Furthermore, chairman Siviwe Mpengesi called on the Ghanaian midfielder to return funds that had already been deposited in the player's account.
“Everything was in place for Morrison’s move, and we gave him a relocation allowance of R24,000 at his request. But once he’d been granted his clearance [from Pirates], it seemed he had a change of heart," explained Mpengesi.
"I am disappointed by the statemements by Morrison to the public, referring to our announcement as ‘fake news’. I have been unable to reach him and his agent lately. All I want is for him to return my money."
Chippa have otherwise officially confirmed the arrival of Sangweni, as well as the return of Buyani Sali, who was released at the end of last season.
"Thamsanqa Sangweni has signed a two-year contract with an option to renew. Buyani Sali is also back with the Chilli Boys after having parted ways with the club at the end of last season," noted the club.