Absa Premiership

Pirates terminate Ntshumayelo's contract

2016-08-27 11:30
Thandani Ntshumayelo (Supplied)

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.

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