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Released Orlando Pirates star trains alone at home


A section of Orlando Pirates supporters are still feeling shock and despair. Kermit Erasmus was released last month.

ORLANDO PIRATES RELEASE KERMIT ERASMUS

After making just 11 appearances that included one goal last season, the 34-year-old striker was unsurprisingly released by Orlando Pirates last month.

“Kermit rejoined the Buccaneers in 2022 after nine years away and made an immediate impact by helping us clinch the MTN8 title. With over 117 matches under his belt in Pirates colours, Romeo has solidified his legendary status at the club,” Orlando Pirates said in the statement that also bid farewell to Thabang Monare, Siyabonga Mpontshane, and Richard Ofori.

Erasmus has since been hotly linked with a move to his former club SuperSport United. Meanwhile, the Gqeberha-born legend has been spotted doing some training at his Johannesburg home.

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ERASMUS GETS EMOTIONAL

It is no secret that Orlando Pirates followers love Erasmus to bits, the latest video clip will intensify the love even deeper.

Speaking in the club’s new documentary series Bucs Change Room, the 33-year-old from Gqeberha suggested that he was never given the credit he deserves as an Orlando Pirates player.

“There is no thank you in a valued way where you can say that he has been looked after for what he has contributed in his life,” Erasmus said on the show, as shared by @DhlomoV via X.

“I came to this club, and I sacrificed, if you’re speaking about money[Erasmus sheds tears]… I sacrificed close to 50% of my salary to come here [from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2023].

“I give everything for this club [Orlando Pirates]. When I arrived, the team was struggling. I’m not saying that I’m an individual that can change everything but with my winning mentality, I can sure contribute to affect things in the right direction. And when I arrived, I believe that’s what I’ve done up until I was not allowed to do that anymore, which was obviously the beginning of this year. I just feel that there is no respect in the way things have went, more so in the way I have done things for my career and for this club.

“I am not saying the club has not done anything for me,” the former Orlando Pirates star continued.

“I am speaking about me as an individual playing football in the country. I can speak a lot on past players. I like to speak a lot about colour also, I don’t want to be a racist about it or anything, but I know that I am coloured. I’ve seen it happen to past players before. I make an example of Daine Klate [former Orlando Pirates winger]. One of the most decorated coloured players in this country. But where is the acknowledgement in the industry of football for what he has contributed. One of the most decorated players for Orlando Pirates. But he is not recognised,” Erasmus concluded.

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