CAPE TOWN – Following Chippa Mpengesi’s call for Bernard Morrison to repay R24 000, Orlando Pirates have confirmed that the Ghanaian forward did receive money from the Chippa United chairman.
After the Chilli Boys issued a statement on Thursday afternoon, where they detailed the reasons for Morrison and Thabo Matlaba not joining Chippa, Pirates responded later in the day. Pirates stated that “the deal involving Thabo Matlaba was no longer on the table”, after discussions to transfer him, Morrison and Thamsanqa Sangweni to Chippa.
Sangweni’s move has been confirmed, with regards to Morrison, the Buccaneers said: “The club can confirm that some monies were paid by Mr Mpengesi to Morrison towards the player’s relocation to Port Elizabeth.”
IOL Sport has contacted Morrison for his views on Mpengesi’s plea for him to pay back the money, but he has not yet responded. The 25-year-old Morrison is believed to prefer a move overseas, and in his Instagram post where he praised Pirates for the opportunity to play for them – and denying his Chippa loan deal – the location showed that he was in Doha, Qatar.
Meanwhile, midfielder Issa Sarr has been released by Pirates after four seasons at the club, who stated that the 31-year-old from Senegal “displayed high levels of professionalism and discipline”.
Earlier this week, Sarr bid the Sea Robbers farewell on Twitter: “The Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has been brilliant for me. The fans have supported me through the good times and the bad. They have always sing my name and pushed me on, it means everything. Thank you will never be enough.”