Bucs defender responds to Benni

Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala’s future at the club remains uncertain after he was again left out of the club’s CAF Champions League squad.

Pirates named a 28-man squad to participate in the preliminary rounds of the continental club showpiece, which kicks off with the preliminary rounds this weekend.

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Chabalala was amongst four players who have been registered domestically but omitted from the CAF squad, sending Buccaneers fans into a frenzy on social media.

The 27-year-old, who recently featured in the Carling Cup Soweto Derby friendly, has not played a single competitive game for Bucs since December 2017 and is on the wanted-list of Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy.

However, Chabalala has insisted he will remain loyal to his employers as he downplayed any knowledge of interest in his services from elsewhere.

“I’m an Orlando Pirate player and I’ll be here. I won’t say much because I don’t follow the media; I don’t read the papers; I just keep my eye on football and focus on my work at Pirates,” said the burly centre-back.

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Furthermore, he added that he has been in communication with the Pirates technical team and has been assured he will get his opportunity eventually.

“We have good coaches – Coach Rhulani, Coach Micho, Coach Fadlu are very good coaches. The thing is that the team was doing well, if you remember,” explained Chabalala.

“We finished at number-two [last season], and my brothers Happy Jele, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Alfred Ndengane and [Marshall] Munetsi were doing very, very well.

“So, I’ve just been waiting for my chance to play the beautiful football that they’ve been doing. The coaches explained to me that I have to wait for my chance and I‘ll wait for my chance.”

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