Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates have terminated the contract of Thandani Ntshumayelo after news
broke of the player's four-year suspension for testing positive for a
class A drug.
A recent statement from the South African Institute for Drug-Free
Sport (SAIDS) revealed that Ntshumayelo confessed to snorting three lines of
cocaine at a party.
The 26-year-old said he was influenced by his friends to do so and
admitted he had made a mistake. The Bucs star testified that he knew the
substance was cocaine and that it was illegal for him to use it.
'Bibo' tested positive following a routine drug test he took after a
Premiership match between Pirates and Platinum Stars on 9 January. He
was sentenced to a four-year ban from playing football.
Ntshumayelo's agent, Tim Sukazi, has confirmed that Pirates had
terminated the player's contract at the club with immediate effect.
He told Kwese Sports: "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.
"Obviously, he is devastated but a positive spin is that he got found
out because people can get addicted to these kind of things."
The midfielder has 21 days to appeal his four-year ban by SAIDS, from
the day the sentence was handed down on Tuesday, August 23.