- Daniel Mothowagae

AFTER a handful of starts and a solitary goal to his name last season, Orlando Pirates felt there was no longer a place for striker Lehlohonol­o Majoro in the team as new coach Muhsin Ertugral continued to overhaul his squad for the upcoming season.

Pirates yesterday named Majoro, and attacking midfielder Sifiso Myeni, among the players that the club has placed on transfer.

The others were Roger Majafa, Letsie Koapeng, Felipe Ovono and Yassar Mugwera.

This group is not part of the team’s pre-season training that started on Monday at a secret location in North West, according to Pirates administra­tive officer Floyd Mbele.

He, however said the transfer-listed players still effectivel­y belonged to the club until they got offers elsewhere.

Majoro, who turns 30 next month, saw little game time under former coach Eric Tinkler, who preferred Tendai Ndoro and Thamsanqa Gabuza in attack.

Majoro made 16 appearance­s in all competitio­ns – six of them starts, with the other 10 coming from the bench.

The player joined the Buccaneers from Kaizer Chiefs in a drama-filled transfer in the second half of the 2013-14 season.

It took the interventi­on of the players union for Majoro to be declared a free agent after the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber held Chiefs in breach of contract.

Efforts to get comment from Majoro were in vain as his phone rang unanswered. Myeni’s agent Mike Makaab, meanwhile, told Sowetan yesterday that his client had two more years left with Pirates.

“We’ll set time to meet the chairman [Irvin Khoza], hopefully next week,” Makaab said.

Khoza was due to meet more players today to “discuss their futures”, the club said on their website yesterday.

The latest developmen­t comes a week after the clearout that saw Rio Olympics-bound Menzi Masuku among the first batch of players to be deemed surplus to requiremen­ts since Ertugral took over as the new coach last month.

Meanwhile, Makaab said soughtafte­r Bidvest Wits midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi was close to signing with Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We are tying the lose ends and we hope he’ll sign with Sundowns.”

 ?? PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/ GALLO IMAGES ?? OUT OF FAVOUR: Bucs striker Lehlohonol­o Majoro

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