Johannesburg - SuperSport United have confirmed Kermit Erasmus has left the club and
signed a three-year deal with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
move was announced on Tuesday after the 23-year-old striker - who had
been with United since the age of 12 - openly discussed his desire to
leave the Pretoria side, giving Matsatsantsa no choice but to allow the
former South Africa Under-20 star to find a new club.
feelings, I can announce that Kermit has agreed to join Orlando
Pirates," said SuperSport United director of football Stan Matthews.
had lengthy discussions for a long time about Kermit's future. We've
watched him grow from a small young boy, into a small young man, but a
big person and a big player.
"We've been exceptionally proud of Kermit and his development within our youth academy."
added that newly appointed coach Cavin Johnson had been excited at the
prospect of working with Erasmus, but the player felt he had to move on,
in order to embark on a new challenge.
"Once Cavin was
appointed, we hoped and we thought that maybe Kermit would have a change
of heart and give the new coach an opportunity to work with him,"
"It's well known that Kermit had a year left on
his contract. As a club, we did not have a lot of options. We are not
the kind of club that locks players in so that other teams can't have
Erasmus was hailed as one of the country's finest
prospects at the age of 18, when he secured a move to Dutch side
Feyenoord, before returning to United in 2010, following an unsettled
two-year stint in the Netherlands.
"I've been with the club for a long time. I've only known SuperSport," Erasmus said.
looking forward to embarking on this new adventure in my career. I have
to get myself playing regularly and break into the national team. I
think this move to Pirates will open that door for me."
Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza was delighted to have Erasmus in the Buccaneers setup.
"Reinforcement of the team's firepower is crucial for our success this season," Khoza said.
Meanwhile, SuperSport confirmed the signing of experienced Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Kurt Lentjies on a long-term deal.
would like to stay at SuperSport for a long time. I would like to
establish myself and play regular football every week," Lentjies said.
"Yes I've played for a number of teams, but I'm hoping that I'll stay here long enough."
Cape Town born Lentjies had previously played for Maritzburg United and
SuperSport's fierce rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns, before moving to
Lentjies felt he had matured as a player since
leaving Sundowns three years ago, and was eager to make his mark with
Matsatsantsa, who had been active in the transfer market, having already
secured the signatures of Thuso Phala, Bennett Chenene and David
"Coach Cavin… I'd really like to work under him. I had
offers from other teams, but when the calling of SuperSport United came
along, it was very easy for me to decide," he said.
Goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia would also join United, the club confirmed.
"He's a Fifa instructor as a goalie coach," Matthews said.
"He has coached and is currently still coaching with Bafana Bafana. We're extremely excited about what Alex can bring."