Orlando Pirates have confirmed the departure of defender Marshall Munetsi, who joins French Ligue One outfit Stade de Reims.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Buccaneers, impressing enough to become a constant feature in Zimbabwe’s national team, as he is set to represent his country in the African Cup of Nations in Egypt later in the month.
He has been the subject of reported interest from clubs across the world, with links to the MLS via Colombus Crew, as well as Belgian outfit, Zulte-Warregem.
However, in the end it was the French club who secured his services, making his the second Pirates player to make the move to one of Europe’s top leagues in the space of six months – following Lyle Forster’s move to AS Monaco.
Marshall Munetsi bids farewell to Orlando Pirates
Munetsi, who joined the Soweto giants from first division side Ubuntu Cape Town in July 2016, expressed his gratitude to his now-former club.
“I came here as a young boy but now I leave as a man. I would also like to thank the coaches, my teammates and most importantly the fans of this wonderful club for all the love and support they’ve shown me.
“As I turn the page to a new chapter in my football career, I look forward to the new challenge this presents but as I move forward I can never forget my roots….Once a Pirate Always a Pirate!”
More to follow.