The story be­hind the scenes

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Ex­tend with Chiefs…

Ek­stein’s main op­tion, and prob­a­bly the most likely one at this stage, is to ex­tend his con­tract with the Glam­our Boys.

The re­ported three-year deal that is be­ing pre­pared would give him long-term sta­bil­ity as he ap­proaches his 30s, and he would re­main with ar­guably the most pop­u­lar foot­ball team in South Africa.

The down­side of stay­ing with Chiefs though, un­less things im­prove, is that he may have to set­tle with re­main­ing a bit-part player in the Absa Pre­mier­ship.

Chippa wanted him be­fore…

Chippa United find them­selves down at the wrong end of the ta­ble af­ter al­most a third of the league sea­son, and they may well be back in the hunt for a player like Ek­stein who can try and make things hap­pen in the heart of their mid­field.

Chippa were in­ter­ested in sign­ing ‘Pule’ ear­lier in the year as they looked for more at­tack­ing op­tions, though a move never ma­te­ri­alised at the time.

Now, with Ek­stein’s fu­ture un­cer­tain, they could come knock­ing once again.

The oth­ers…

Ek­stein is un­likely to be short of op­tions if he does de­cide to move on from the Glam­our Boys, es­pe­cially given his pop­u­lar ‘kasi flavour’ style of play.

The likes of Su­perS­port United and Bid­vest Wits would see him as a player that doesn’t suit their style of play – how­ever, teams such as Baroka, Polok­wane City and Golden Ar­rows may all see him as a vi­able op­tion, adding value to their re­spec­tive squads.

Mean­while, Steve Kom­phela, now with Bloem­fontein Celtic, may also want to take an­other look at him out­side of the walls of Na­turena. The two have worked to­gether in the past, and could be re­united.

A chance over­seas?

A move out­side of South Africa is prob­a­bly the most un­likely op­tion at the mo­ment given the fact that, as he ap­proaches his 28th birth­day, he is yet to make a real im­pact in South Africa.

How­ever, he could opt to make a move to Scan­di­navia, with South African play­ers be­ing known to per­form well in the Scan­di­navia leagues. An as­pect that could hin­der this pos­si­bil­ity is that it is thought that Ek­stein is now rep­re­sent­ing him­self and would not have an agent to spread the word about his abil­i­ties over­seas.

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