Monare Breaks Silence On His Pirates Departure. A ditched Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare has broken silence after he was released by the Buccaneers. Monare says he was surprised when he learnt that the club was releasing him.
The club on Monday announced that they were parting ways with the former Bidvest Wits and Jomo Cosmos midfielder along with the other five players after not agreeing to a contract extension. The other five names that appeared on the list were Kwanda Mngonyama, Abel Mabaso, Justice Chabalala, Elson Sithole, and Wayne Sandilands.
Thulani Hlatshwayo who’s the former teammate of Monare at Wits also left Ezimnyama Ngenkani a few weeks ago. Monare says the news came as a shock to him as he thought he was still going to meet the club to negotiate. “I was also surprised by the reports,” Monare told KickOff.
Monare also believes that he had a good season with the club. “No one at Pirates has told me anything about that, what I know is myself and Pirates will meet soon. What I know is we are still negotiating. It doesn’t make any sense after having such a good season,” he added.
The club described separation with Monare as, “The Club can also confirm that contractual discussions with Monare have collapsed as the two parties could not agree on terms.”
In the same press release, they confirmed the new signings they had made as they also continue to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. Evidence Makgopa, Bienvenu Eva Nga, Miguel Timm, and Azola Matrose will be joining the Sea Robbers in July.
Leaving the Soweto giants so soon may have not been what Monare was looking forward to but it appears he won’t be short of offers with the likes of AmaZulu, Cape Town City and SuperSport United are vying for his signature.
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As per KickOff, Usuthu are the front-runners in the race to sign the 32-year-old and Monare might soon reunite with Gabadinho Mhango who also left Pirates for the Durban-based club in the exchange deal that saw Tapelo Xoki going in the opposite direction.
The outlet’s source revealed that Usuthu have already made enquiries. “The news only broke yesterday, and I am sure many teams would be interested,” said KickOff’s source. “AmaZulu have already made enquiries and are very keen. I am sure there should be a clear picture of where he is heading next season before the end of this week,” the source added.