Local News 29.8.2016 11:07 am

Pirates terminate Ntshumayelo’s contract – reports

Thandani Ntshumayelo (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Thandani Ntshumayelo (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates have reportedly terminated Thandani Ntshumayelo’s contract after the midfielder was handed a four-year ban for testing positive for cocaine.

This comes after the 26-year-old midfielder pleaded guilty for using cocaine on Friday and was subsequently handed a four-year ban by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).

The midfielder had a year left on his contract with Pirates, but now the Buccaneers have terminated this contract.

Ntshumayelo’s agent Tim Sukazi confirmed to Kwese Sports that his client’s contract has been terminated by Pirates.

“Yes, he had one year to go with Pirates on his deal. After the four-year sentence was announced, he was called into a hearing. He pleaded guilty, but the club terminated his contract. They ceased all his salary payments with immediate effect,” said Sukazi.

“Obviously, he is devastated, but a positive spin is that he got found out because people can get addicted to these kind of things.”

Pirates’ administrative manager Floyd Mbele could not confirm if indeed Ntshumayelo’s contract had been terminated.

“I don’t know where these reports are coming from. All I can say is that we’ll release a statement before the end of the day on Ntshumayelo’s situation,” Mbele told Phakaaathi.

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