CAPE TOWN – Drama has erupted over the proposed loan deal of Orlando Pirates midfielder Bernard Morrison to Chippa United. The Eastern Cape outfit announced the loan deals of Morrison and Thabo Matlaba last week, but since then, Morrison took to Facebook to claim it was “fake news”.
“Let me clear the air about my move to “chippa”. There hasn’t been any form of proper communication between my management and chippa United so I don’t acknowledge their statements and allow me to say that’s fake news. NOT SIGNED WITH CHIPPA UTD,” Morrison said on Instagram.
Matlaba was pictured at Pirates training this week, and now Chippa said on Thursday that the former Buccaneers captain and Morrison are not joining the Chilli Boys. But club owner Chippa Mpengesi said he was “disappointed” by Morrison’s fake news comment, and is demanding that the Ghanaian forward return an amount of R24 000 paid to him.
“Orlando Pirates duo Bernard Morrison and Thabo Matlaba will no longer be joining Chippa United as previously indicated. The clubs had reached an agreement that Morrison and Matlaba were to join Chippa United on loan, hence the announcement was made by the club,” Chippa United said on Thursday.
“Following the negative reports in the media regarding the move of Matlaba and Morrison, it was decided by all parties involved that the loan agreements be terminated. Everything was in place for Morrison’s move, and we gave him a relocation allowance of R24 000 at his request. But once he’d been granted his clearance, it seemed he had a change of heart, explained executive chairman Chippa Mpengesi.