Mabena explains why he returned to Pirates

Ndumiso Mabena, a new signing for the Orlando Pirates, has explained why he returned to the Buccaneers for a second timeand why he didn’t mind waiting a few weeks for his contract to be finalised.

After signing a one-and-a-half-year contract, the 35-year-old was officially introduced as a new signing with Craig Martin on Thursday.

Mabena, who previously played with the Sea Robbers and won seven titles, including back-to-back triples, is making his second trip to Orlando Stadium.

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He said that after his contract conflict with Royal AM, he was pleased that Pirates chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza wished to have him return and assist him.

“With all that was happening with me and Royal AM, we had to go through a lot,” he told Andile Ncube on Sports Night Amplified.

“But the chairman opted to take me back and he said to get a contract here I must give him my clearance and see how we work it out.

“I was happy, I couldn’t say no to him after what I had gone through and what I had gone through with the team with all the silverware before.

“On 22 September, I started and joined the team at training. That’s when it started and I only had to sign recently now on the 21 November.”

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Mabena added that despite the lengthy delay when he first began working for the team, he was content to wait for Pirates to complete their offer.

“I think with the chairman wanting me back and me wanting to rejoin the team as well because I still want to win with the team and I know I’ve got a lot to offer to the team,” he explained.

“I was happy despite me not being signed before. I was happy to be part of a team that won the MTN8 and me being there to give guidance towards the final.

“I’m happy, that’s why I waited. I’m happy to have signed.”

Mabena made 71 appearances for the Buccaneers during his first stint, scoring eight goals, as per Transfermarkt


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