Orlando Pirates fans have expressed their shock after long-serving Thabo Matlaba was released from the club on Friday after refusing to take a pay cut.
The 31-year-old Matlaba, who has also captained the Buccaneers, didn’t get much game time last season despite his team campaigning in the Caf Champions League as well.
The fullback, who is capable of playing on the left and right, made just seven appearances in the Premiership, where Pirates finished second to Mamelodi Sundowns by just two points on the final day.
The Soweto giants explained in a statement on their website on Friday that the former Bafana Bafana defender was offered a reduced salary by chairman Irvin Khoza, as he was not “not playing regularly”.
“Dr Khoza confirmed to Thabo that his contract of employment was expiring at the end of June 2019 and asked Thabo to please come back to Dr Khoza on Thursday with a proposal of his package for a new contract,” the statement read.