GAXA AIN’T TALK­ING BUT SEEKS CON­TRACT

Af­ter a con­trac­tual strug­gle with Chiefs, Wits have now ren­dered the full back as sur­plus

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

Af­ter Chiefs con­trac­tual strug­gle full back now ren­dered sur­plus at Wits

SIBONISO Pa Gaxa may not be do­ing (me­dia) in­ter­views any more, but the for­mer Bid­vest Wits de­fender will have to field a ques­tion or two from any foot­ball coach who may be in­ter­ested in his ser­vices. Gaxa, who joined Wits amid squab­bles with Kaizer Chiefs over con­trac­tual is­sues, is once again with­out a club as the Absa Premier­ship cham­pi­ons have de­cided against ex­er­cis­ing an op­tion on his one-year deal.

Wits are play­ing Reeve Frosler and Nazeer Al­lie at right back, au­to­mat­i­cally ren­der­ing the for­mer Bafana Bafana full back as sur­plus.

And the fact that the well­trav­elled player, who has also rep­re­sented Su­perS­port United and Mamelodi Sun­downs, fea­tured just six times last sea­son as the Clever Boys went on to win the league, tells a story that his time may be up sooner than ex­pected in Braam­fontein.

But when coach Gavin Hunt de­cided to take him to Cape Town for the team’s pre-camp in Cape Town, sug­ges­tions started point­ing at the 33 year old stay­ing put at Wits.

Still with­out a team and train­ing on his own, Gaxa re­fused to shed any light on where he could be go­ing next. “Hello, who is this? Oh, from the news­pa­per? No, I do not do in­ter­views. Yes, I don’t speak to the me­dia,” Gaxa said be­fore putting the phone down. His agent Glyn Binkin did con­firm the se­cret ev­ery­one knows, that the de­fender was not reg­is­tered with any team in the PSL for the cur­rent sea­son and is still try­ing to find a new home.

“He’s not reg­is­tered with Wits be­cause we did not sign a con­tract.

We are look­ing at other clubs as an op­tion,” Binkin said.

With a num­ber of play­ers choos­ing to head back to their home prov­inces when their time in Gauteng seems to be up, Gaxa might also look at try­ing his luck at AmaZulu, Mar­itzburg United or Golden Ar­rows, as the player still be­lieves he has a year or two left to give to the PSL.

The de­fender is not the only high-pro­file player strug­gling to land a club, as for­mer Polok­wane City and Or­lando Pi­rates winger Tlou Se­golela is find­ing it hard to get back on the pitch.

Se­golela was last on the books of Rise and Shine, but coach Bernard Mol­wekwa opted against ex­tend­ing the player’s short-term con­tract when it came to an end last sea­son.

Se­golela, 29, is still try­ing to find a new club, with his big­gest hope com­ing in Jan­uary’s trans­fer win­dow.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

AVAIL­ABLE NOW: For­mer Wits and Bafana Bafana de­fender Siboniso Gaxa is with­out a club again.

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