Orlando Pirates's utility player Marshall Munetsi joins French Ligue 1 side Reims

Marshall Munetsi of Orlando Pirates and Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium on February 03, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Marshall Munetsi of Orlando Pirates and Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium on February 03, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Orlando Pirates utility man Marshall Munetsi has signed for French Ligue 1 side Reims‚ the club confirmed on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old‚ who can play in defence or midfield‚ was a solid performer for The Buccaneers this past season‚ and his loss will be felt by coach Micho Sredojevic.

“First and foremost‚ I would like to thank the Chairman and management for all the support they have given me ever since I arrived at the club‚” Munetsi said in a statement released by the club.

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“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!”

The Zimbabwe international joined Pirates in July 2016 from former National First Division side FC Cape Town‚ but spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Baroka FC.

Reims finished eighth in Ligue 1 last season and have eight other players from across the African continent on their books‚ including Madagascar defender Thomas Fontaine.

It is the third time in three-a-half years that Pirates have sold a player to Ligue 1‚ after Kermit Erasmus (Stade Rennes) in 2016 and Lyle Foster (Monaco) in January.

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