JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates have parted ways with experienced defender, Ayanda Gcaba. The KwaZulu-Natal born stopper spent much of last season on the bench and as a result he was loaned out to Platinum Stars in the second half of the season.
Happy Jele, Gladwin Shitolo, Marshall Munetsi and Justice Chabalala all kept Gcaba out of the picture. Gcaba's agent, Mike Makaab of ProSport International has informed IOL Sport that Gcaba and Pirates have cut ties.
"Ayanda is leaving Pirates. His contract was up for renewal. Our team in Johannesburg is busy searching the next destination for him," Makaab said as he confirmed the departure of Gcaba.
The left-footed defender joined the Bucanneers back in 2012. He played several finals during his stint with Pirates. Gcaba was the part of the team that lost the Caf Champions League final to Egyptian giants, Al Ahly, in 2013.
The 32-year-old defender was also in the Pirates set up when they succumbed to the Tunisian powerhouse, Etiole du Sahel in the final of the Caf Confederation Cup in 2015. His tenure at Pirates yielded one trophy. Gcaba played a part in the Buccaneers' triumph in the Nedbank Cup final against Bidvest Wits in Durban in 2014.
He spent six years at Pirates. When he joined Pirates he was coming from Free State Stars. Gcaba can operate as left back or as a center back. He has five Bafana Bafana caps under his belt.
Pirates have been busy in this transfer window. They have bolstered their squad with players like Abel Mabaso, Paseka Mako, Meshack Maphangule, Asavela Mbekile, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Vincent Pule.
The club is expected to cut ties with the likes of Issa Sarr, Bernard Morrison, Abbubaker Mobara and Thamsanqa Gabuza. According to media reports, Pirates are pushing hard to secure the services of Bafana and Wits captain, Thulani "Tyson" Hlatshwayo. Pirates will be competing in five fronts namely the Absa Premiership, MTN 8,Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and the Caf Champions League.