Seema set to leave Pirates

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 MASERU — Likuena captain Lehlohonolo Seema has been linked with a move away from Orlando Pirates after enduring an injury-plagued season.

Seema, who turned 30 last Wednesday, has been with the South African giants since 2006.

He did not play any official game in the just-ended season because of injury, stoking speculation he could be one of the players the Buccaneers are planning to offload.

The tough-tackling defender told the Lesotho Times yesterday that Mpumalanga Black Aces, another team in the South African Premier Soccer League, were interested in his services.

“There is interest from Black Aces and I know that they are talking to Pirates,” Seema said.

“Any team that wants to sign me has to talk to Pirates because I still have a contract with them. (But) there is that possibility.”

The Soweto giants are expected to shake up their squad after a trophy-less season in which they finished fifth in the league.

South African media reports have been saying Seema as well as Josephy Kamwendo and Bennett Chenene, among other players, are likely to be shipped out to Black Aces.

Seema said he didn’t mind joining another club as long as he would get playing time.

“As long as I’m playing that is what is important,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it is for Pirates, Aces or any other team.”

“As long as I’m able to play I will be happy,” he added. “This whole season I wasn’t able to play.”

Seema secured the dream move to Pirates in 2006 after impressive performances in the green-and-white hoops of Bloemfontein Celtic.

He was voted Pirates’ player of the year by the club’s supporters in his first season.

The central defender, arguably Lesotho’s best football export, was named Pirates skipper in 2007 and only relinquished the armband when he was sidelined by injury last year.

In April, Seema told this paper he was considering calling time on his international career to concentrate on club football.

He has been a regular feature for Lesotho since he made his debut in 1998.

The Mafeteng-born Seema played for his hometown side Bantu before going to South Africa.

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