Former Orlando Pirates defender admired by the new Free State Stars coach

Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has confirmed he is looking to bring Patrick Phungwayo to the Bethlehem side following his release from Orlando Pirates.

The 29-year-old left-back, who made just 17 appearances for the Buccaneers last season, had his contract in Soweto mutually terminated today, making him a free agent and eligible to join any club at any point.

Stars would love to have an experienced player at left-back after losing Bokang Thlone to Bidvest Wits.

And Eymael, who was appointed Ea Lla Koto coach in mid-August, has now targeted the former Bucs defender.

“As you know, we are assessing [Cheslyn] Jampies but it will depend at the end of this week because we are also interested in Pirates’ Patrick Phungwayo because our left-back Makhehleni Makhawula has just done a surgery, he got injured in our last game,” Eymael tells our source.

“When I was in Belgium I read somewhere that Pirates are ready to release him. I spoke to Mike Makaab but he will only arrive today from Belgium.”

Phungwayo joined the Buccaneers from Bidvest Wits as a promising player in 2012 but was never able to fulfil his potential.

Before his departure, the player struggled to play regularly in the Buccaneers’ starting line-up and is now looking for a new home where he can play regularly.

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