Leaving Pirates was not about money, says Matlaba

Former Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba

Former Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba revealed leaving the club to join Black Leopards was not about money but playing first team football.

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Matlaba was starved of game-time last season with the Sea Robbers but was offered a new contract by Dr Irvin Khoza though it was on reduced terms.

At the time, Khoza hinted that the left-back could not accept the offer as he had financial responsibilities.

As such, he joined Leopards on a two-year deal though he has since said it wasn't about the money.

He told Kickoff: "Unfortunately I had to part ways with the team, but he [Dr Irvin Khoza] wanted me to stay to be honest.

"But I could not stay, I wanted to play. It's not about money or anything like, I wanted to play football.

"I had been speaking to the Leopards officials for a while. I spoke to them before I was released at Pirates. I was in contact with them until I finalised my things with Pirates.

"In fact I had decided that I was joining Leopards. I decided that if things don't go my way at Pirates I will go to Leopards, regardless of who is interested in me."

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