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.
Let me start by saying many thanks to the chairman and @orlandopirates as a whole for opening up their home to me. I will forever be grateful for that. To the team,whether we played together two seasons ago or last game, I want to thank all of you for everything you have taught me individually or collectively. To all of my teammates, coaches,assistant coaches thank you all for the support that has made my soccer career a lot valuable and important. It has been such a blast to be part of the team that not only works hard, but that also has a light hearted humor that makes me laugh a lot. To the most important people in my career, my fans. You guys have been so amazing, I lost count of how many times I was touched by your love and support. You guys believed in me even in times that I failed to believe in myself and I’ll forever be thankful for that Lastly 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 #Onceandalways☠️ #BM3❤️
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“Morrison has since been released from his contract at Orlando Pirates, with Matlaba opting to stay with the Sea Robbers and fight for his position in the team. I am disappointed by the statements by Morrison to the public, referring to our announcement as ‘fake news’. I have been unable to reach him and his agent lately. All I want is for him to return my money, concluded Mpengesi.”
Chippa added that the only confirmed Pirates player joining the club is Thamsanqa Sangweni on a two-year contract, with an option to renew. Buyani Sali will also turn out for Dan Malesela’s team after leaving the club at the end of last season.