When con­tracts ex­pire this week, about which play­ers are go­ing where will fi­nally be re­vealed

The truth

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Most lo­cal play­ers’ con­tracts ex­pire on Tues­day and the most well­guarded se­crets will be re­vealed on Wed­nes­day when clubs con­firm their new sign­ings. While some clubs have al­ready re­vealed their latest ac­qui­si­tions, most deals have been kept se­cret, as play­ers still have con­tracts with their cur­rent clubs.

Top Dan­ish side FC Copenhagen could hi­jack for­mer Kaizer Chiefs cap­tain Tefu Mashamaite’s ru­moured move to Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Mashamaite has al­ways been linked with a move to the Brazil­ians. He’s seen as Alje Schut’s re­place­ment.

Af­ter fail­ing to re-sign for­mer player Siyanda Xulu, Sun­downs have ear­marked Mashamaite as the ideal re­place­ment for Schut. Xulu was un­veiled as a new Chiefs player last week.

But on Fri­day, Mashamaite’s busi­ness man­ager, Jazzman Mahlak­gane, re­vealed that Copenhagen had made en­quiries about the 30-year-old’s avail­abil­ity.

How­ever, Mahlak­gane was quick to point out that noth­ing had come of that as yet.

“I don’t want to talk about some­thing that is not con­crete. It was just an en­quiry af­ter Chiefs said they were not go­ing to re­new his con­tract.

“I am still busy work­ing un­der­ground try­ing to se­cure his fu­ture, but we are not in a hurry,” said Mahlak­gane.

Chances are Itume­leng Khune and Mandla Masango could re­main at Amakhosi if their latest in­ter­ac­tion with the club is any­thing to go by. They have both, how­ever, been linked with a move to Sun­downs too.

Chiefs man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said the pair re­turned to the club’s base in Na­turena on Mon­day, but were given some time off to re­think their fu­tures. Khune and Masango’s con­tracts end on Tues­day. Sun­downs have al­ready signed Burundian striker Fis­ton Ab­dul Razak, who they rate highly. Also this week, Or­lando Pi­rates un­veiled five new play­ers, but more are ex­pected to join the Buc­ca­neers.

Pi­rates have ac­quired for­mer Polok­wane City midfielder Roger Ma­jafa; Tendai Ndoro from Mpumalanga Black Aces; Felipe Ovono from Equa­to­rial Guinea; Gift Mo­tupa, Baroka FC’s for­mer cap­tain; Lu­vuyo Memela from Cape Town All Stars; and Them­binkosi Lorch of Maluti FET Col­lege.

Free State Stars have signed Tan­za­nian striker Mr­isho Ngasa from Young Africans Sports Club, while Bid­vest Wits have cap­tured Daine Klate from Su­perS­port United and Nazeer Al­lie from Ajax.

As re­vealed by City Press last week­end, the tug-of-war be­tween Chiefs and Bloem­fontein Celtic over To­golese striker Camal­dine Abraw is set to go be­fore the Premier Soc­cer League’s dis­pute res­o­lu­tion cham­ber on Tues­day.

Chiefs un­veiled the for­mer Free State Stars striker as their player this week but Celtic claim he has signed a pre­con­tract with them.


WHERE TO Tefu Mashamaite’s fu­ture club is not yet known

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