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Mbatha: Pirates And SuperSport Will Decide My Future

  • June 3, 2024
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Mbatha: Pirates And SuperSport Will Decide My Future

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thalente Mbatha has revealed that everything is not up to him to whether he stays at the club beyond this season as he is on loan from SuperSport United.  

Pirates, who signed the KwaMashu-born midfielder in the January transfer window from SuperSport for six months, scooped the man of the match award as the Soweto giants defeated Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final at the packed to rafters Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.  

Jose Riveiro’s side has an option to sign Mbatha permanently as that was the option in the clause depending on if Mbatha impresses at the club, but he has not put the foot wrong since he arrived.  

“As I said earlier, I’m not sure,” said Mbatha when asked if he passed the audition to stay at the club after the game. 

“My agent (Mike Makaab) is the one who is going to sit down with the teams to be able to decide to buy me out since they have that option.” 

SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt told Sportswire in April that Mbatha was always injured, and he was not better than Siphesihle Ndlovu or Grant Magerman who are his preferred soldiers in his midfield.   

When Mbatha was pressed if he wants to stay beyond this season at Pirates, again he said that is not up to him. 

“I’m not saying I want to stay, but at the end of the day, it’s not up to me,” explained Mbatha. 

Mbatha was asked if he gets worried about his future being uncertain and if the Nedbank Cup Man of the Match might work in his favour to put pressure on Pirates to sign him. 

“I was playing football, I wasn’t minding that my future that it is not certain,” he replied.  

“So, what I can say is that I was playing my football and not worrying about my job because my job is to play football and my agent’s job is to speak to the teams. 

“I feel like that didn’t distract me too much as I was playing the game.”  

If the loan move doesn’t become permanent and he goes back to SuperSport, Mbatha was asked if that will have an impact on him. 

“I will continue to play football,” he said with a straight face.     

Since he arrived, Mbatha has featured in 16 matches in all competitions, scoring once.  

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