Orlando Pirates have released Brazilian defender Caio Marcelo, after he turned down a chance to join Chippa United for the 2018-19 season.
The Buccaneers confirmed the news on Tuesday morning with the defender leaving just one year after departing his native Brazil to join the club.
Pirates initially announced that the 21-year-old would be loaned to Chippa along with Gladwin Shitolo, Phetso Maphanga and Diamond Thopola.
The Brazilian, however, turned down the deal and Pirates have now stated the reasoning behind it after terminating his contract.
‘Orlando Pirates Football Club has parted ways with Caio Marcelo. The Club has agreed to release the player as per his request,’ Pirates confirmed on the club’s official website.
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‘Marcelo had submitted a request in writing citing home sickness and inability to adjust to his new surroundings as reasons to want to go back to Brazil.
‘The Club has since acceded to the request having spoken to the player and his father. We would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours,’ concluded the statement.
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