Phiri bids emotional farewell to Guingamp

SA Players Abroad

Bafana Bafana midfielder Lebogang Phiri has bid an emotional farewell to En Avant Guingamp after parting ways with the French club over the weekend.

Phiri (26) officially brought his four-year affiliation with Guingamp to an end on Sunday when he penned a three-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig side Çaykur Rizespor.

The eight-cap South Africa international made 88 appearances during his time in France and captained the club on nine occasions before his contract expired at the end of last season.

Following confirmation of his move to Turkey, the former Bröndby IF star took to social media where he posted a heartfelt goodbye to his former employers.

"Dear Guingamp, I would like to take this moment to show gratitude to the times we’ve shared," Phiri said in an open letter across his social media accounts.

"The ups and downs we went through moulded me into the man that I am today. I will forever cherish each and every moment I got to partake in with everyone in Guingamp. Merci à vous."

Phiri is the second South African player to move to Turkey in recent weeks, after fellow Bafana Bafana international Dino Ndlovu recently signed for second division side Kocaelispor.

Ndlovu actually scored when his side beat Rizerspor 3-2 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, although the match came too soon for Phiri to play any part in the encounter.

Scroll through the gallery to see some of the other South African stars who played in Turkey