Makaringe pens heartfelt farewell letter after Pirates departure

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  • Post published:June 7, 2024

Fortune Makaringe has penned a heartfelt farewell letter following his departure from Orlando Pirates.

The 31-year-old spent four seasons at the club after joining the Buccaneers from Maritzburg United in July 2019.

Makaringe managed to score 10 goals and registered nine assists in 147 appearances across all competitions during his stint at Pirates.

He has also won three trophies with the Buccaneers, including a MTN8 trophy as well as two Nedbank Cup titles.

Makaringe has since taken to social media to write a heartfelt farewell message to the club, its fans, players, technical team and management.

“Dear Mabhakaniya fans, thank you for the love you have shown me since I was announced as your player 2019 until this year in 2024… Your love is always blessed with enduring Happiness every year… I will always be one of you – once and always.

“My humble gratitude to the Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza, my big brothers, my lil sister and the board of directors at large. Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave me to learn and experience what it takes to becoming a Buccaneer.

“As a Buccaneer, you presented me with an image full of responsibility ,and an image that will forever be attached to the Orlando Pirates FC family and it’s with great honour and privilege that I acknowledge that the responsibility is even greater now because I stand to represent the brand wherever my calling takes me. I’ll forever be grateful for feeling so valued.

“To the whole administration, the advance team, the medical team, the conditional team, the technical team, my kit buddies and the whole winning media / production crew as well as our sponsors, it’s been an amazing journey full of great memories.

“We tried the best we could to find common grounds even in the most difficult times, it’s been a pleasure working alongside you and achieving everything with you.

“To my ninjas ,The DDC team and Pele Pele, Thank you for sharing the ball with me, I’ve really learnt a lot from each one of you and I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to play to win alongside all of you.

“I’m sorry to everyone I ever had to fight and swear at because I always wanted to be on the winning side, to be topped by a heartfelt compliment after we’ve won. Winning is a personal trait so it was always gonna be personal in the field of play then dusted after completing the task at hand.

“My biggest highlight would definitely be how we tried our best to bring the best out of one another & made it against all odds

“It was nice. Please take care of one another majita.

“Yours in love, Fortune Makaringe.”

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