Matlaba explains Pirates departure

Former Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba has revealed that his decision to leave the club was not based on money.

Matlaba has signed a two-year with Lidoda Duvha, after a seven-year spell with the Buccaneers.

The versatile player was told he’d need to take a salary cut due to the fact that he was no longer playing regularly, but decided it was best to leave as he could not take a reduced packpage and still not get a chance to play. Matlaba made seven appearances in 2018/19.

“Unfortunately I had to part ways with the team, but he [Dr Irvin Khoza] wanted me to stay to be honest. But I could not stay, I wanted to play. It’s not about money or anything like, I wanted to play football,” Matlaba tells KickOff.com.

Despite reported interested from other PSL clubs including Maritzburg United, Matlaba says he had always planned to join Lidoda Duvha if things did not work out with the Buccaneers.

“I had been speaking to the Leopards officials for a while. I spoke to them before I was released at Pirates. I was in contact with them until I finalised my things with Pirates,” the 31-year-old says.

“In fact I had decided that I was joining Leopards. I decided that if things don’t go my way at Pirates I will go to Leopards, regardless of who is interested in me.”

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