Pirates confirm two more departures

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Orlando Pirates on Thursday announced the departures of first-team duo Linda Mntambo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza as the club continue a squad overhaul.

Midfielder Mntambo has sealed a move to DStv Premiership rivals Sekhukhune United that ends a four-year spell at the Buccaneers since joining from Chippa United in 2018.  

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The 33-year-old made 71 appearances for the Buccaneers while scoring eight goals and lifted the 2020 MTN 8 trophy.

Meanwhile, Nyauza has been released by the club after making 192 appearances, only fewer than club captain Happy Jele.

Full statement:

Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that midfielder Linda Mntambo has moved to Sekhukhune United after agreeing to terms with the Club.

Mntambo, who joined the Club in 2018 having had spells at Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United, went on to register 71 appearances for the Buccaneers in all competitions, scoring 8 times and recording 6 assists.

The 33-year-old will be missed in the Bucs changeroom for the positive spirit that he brought into the squad. Although he leaves us as a player today, there is no doubt that he will return to his boyhood club one day to serve in a different capacity.

Meanwhile, Pirates can confirm the amicable parting of ways with Ntsikelelo Nyauza following a meeting between both parties on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old defender has been at the heart of the Bucs' defence since joining in 2013. After Captain Happy Jele, "Ntsiki" as he is affectionately known is the second most experienced player at the club with 192 appearances under his belt, including 7 goals and 4 assists.

The Club would like to thank both Mntambo and Nyauza for their contributions and professionalism displayed during their time with us, and we wish them both all the best for the future.

#ThankYouLinda #ThankYouNtiski

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