Orlando Pirates have announced the departure of Linda Mntambo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza ahead of the upcoming 2022/23 season of DStv Premiership.
Mntambo has been surrounded by the speculations of a move away from the club since 2020. He has been struggling somewhat to cement his place in the Buccaneers’ midfield that is packed with so much quality.
Mntambo, who impressed many while he was at Chippa United featured 71 games for the club and managed to tap the net eight times. This past season, in 15 games he played, he was able to find the back of the net on three occasions and that’s not bad for just a midfielder.
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Meanwhile, Nyauza has spent the majority of his career at Ezimnyama Ngenkani and was surely not imagining himself departing after giving all he could in almost nine years with Sea Robbers. He has had ups and downs but flourished and became one of the leaders at the club.
“Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that midfielder Linda Mntambo has moved to Sekhukhune United after agreeing terms with the Club,” Pirates said in a statement.
“Mntambo, who joined the Club in 2018 having had spells at Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United, went on to register 71 appearances for the Buccaneers in all competitions, scoring 8 times and recording 6 assists.
“The 33-year-old will be missed in the Bucs changeroom for the positive spirit that he bought in the squad. Although he leaves us as a player today, there is no doubt that he will return to his boyhood club one day to serve in a different capacity.
“Meanwhile, orlandopiratesfc.com can confirm the amicable parting of ways with Ntsikelelo Nyauza following a meeting between both parties on Wednesday.
“The 32-year-old defender has been at the heart of the Bucs defence since joining in 2013. After Captain Happy Jele, “Ntsiki” as he is affectionately known was the second most experienced player at the Club with 192 appearances under his belt, including 7 goals and 4 assists.
“The Club would like to thank both Mntambo and Nyauza for their contribution and professionalism they displayed during their time with us, and we wish them both all the best for the future.”
Other players that have left the Buccaneers are: