Orlando Pirates have confirmed that both Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch were dropped from their squad “following a breach of the team’s protocols” ahead of the clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium.
“Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga have been excluded from the squad that reported for the BSE bubble on Sunday following a breach of the team’s protocols,” read the statement on the club’s website on Tuesday.
“All players have been educated, and are constantly reminded, of their responsibilities as public servants and role models.
“It is our role and duty to ensure that all members of this organisation are fully compliant and aware of the measures that are in place.
“Both players will be afforded the opportunity to return to play once the disciplinary processes have been finalised.
“Mr. Lorch and Mr. Shonga will also be required to undergo two COVID-19 tests, which both must be negative, as per the BSE protocols dictate, before they resume any club activities.”