Thabo Matlaba confirms Black Leopards release PSL transfer news

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Last season the Limpopo side needed the mercy of the playoffs to save their Premiership status following a tumultuous season both on and off the pitch.

The 32-year-old played a total of 24 matches for Lidoda Duvha since arriving on a two-year deal from Orlando Pirates in July last year.

Prior to his move to Lidoda Duvha the former Bafana Bafana star was linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, but opted for Leopards as he said he was tired of the pressure that comes with playing for the Soweto giants.

Matlaba, who also played for the likes of M Tigers and Free State Stars in his successful career, says he now wants to go back to his family in Johannesburg.

"No, I'm not staying, I've started job hunting," Matlaba confirms to snl24.com/kickoff.

"I put in the request long time ago, 17 June. I'm the one who requested to be released, and they've accepted it. I'm still going to play. I've still got five, six seasons left in me.

"I just wanted to come back home to be with my family. My wife was not okay so that's why I asked to be released, so I could be with her and my kids."

Matlaba and his wife Tebogo have been together for
Matlaba and his wife Tebogo have been together for many years
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