Shonga opens up on Pirates 'regret'


Former Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga has penned a letter to the club in which he appears to hint at a potential return after he was booted out earlier this month.

Shonga was recently transferred from Pirates to Premiership newcomers Tshakhuma FC after three years with the Soweto giants.

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The Zambia international endured a controversy-filled final season at the Buccaneers, where he managed just 11 appearances across all competitions in 2019/20 before being banished from the team's camp over disciplinary issues prior to the bio-bubble in August.

Having since accepted his new home, which he earlier revealed was forced upon him by Pirates, the 23-year-old has sent a message to club boss Irvin Khoza and hinted at a desire to return to Rand Stadium in future.

"It's with deep gratitude and utmost regret that I had to bid farewell to the Buccaneers family," Shonga penned on his official Instagram account.

"The love I felt from the fans is one I will fondly keep to heart and I hope in future we can still share moments together. 

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"In everything we do we must be grateful. Thanks to the chairman and the management team at Orlando Pirates Football Club for the opportunity granted to me.

"Your support and encouragement during the difficult and the good times were inseparable. We’ll share nothing but all the good memories. May God bless you. Once and always."

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