Matlaba leaves Leopards

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Thabo Matlaba’s journey as a Black Leopards player has come to an end after just a season into his two-year contract.

Matlaba joined Lidoda Duvha at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and was immediately made captain of the side.

The 32-year-old tells FARPost he requested to be released from his contract in order to sort out some personal issues.

“Yeah it’s true I have left but I sent my termination request on 17 June because of family problems which I needed to sort out,” said Matlaba.

“But I told the Chairman (David Thidiela) that I will stay in the meantime and help the team stay in the Premiership because it would be bad to leave while they were still fighting for survival.

“The Chairman understood my reasons so he gave me his blessing to leave. Black Leopards is a good team so I enjoyed myself, unfortunately I had to part ways but I never had any problems during my stay there,” he said.

“I am not retiring from football anytime soon, it is just that I had to leave. I am still going to look for a job but I am not retiring,” concluded Matlaba.

It has been widely speculated that Matlaba is on the verge of joining newly promoted side Swallows FC, but the player has denied the rumour.

Matlaba played 32 matches for Leopards in all competitions, scoring one goal.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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