Way­ward Zulu dropped by Sun­downs

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport - Mahlatse Mphahlele

Mamelodi Sun­downs have ter­mi­nated the con­tract of trou­bled for­mer Bafana Bafana de­fender Siyabonga Zulu‚ who has not re­ported for train­ing for al­most a month.

Ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, the con­tract of Zulu‚ who joined the Brazil­ians at the be­gin­ning of last year from the now-de­funct Plat­inum Stars‚ was ter­mi­nated in his ab­sence after he failed to show up for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing at Chloorkop on De­cem­ber 23.

While the de­ci­sion to re­lease him was taken last month‚ Sun­downs of­fi­cials have not been able to track the player down so that they can in­form him and hand him the dis­missal let­ter‚ and this sit­u­a­tion leaves his foot­ball hang­ing in the bal­ance.

Last week‚ TimesLIVE man­aged to track down Zulu through one of his friends but the left-back de­clined to talk about his pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion.

He did prom­ise to open up after he had spo­ken to his ad­vis­ers at his in­ter­me­di­aries‚ Prosport In­ter­na­tional.

Prosport In­ter­na­tional CEO Mike Makaab could not be reached for com­ment at the week­end as he did not an­swer his cell­phone‚ and an in­ter­me­di­ary (agent) at the agency‚ Al­ban New­man‚ did not want to com­ment.

Sun­downs spokesper­son Thu­lani Thuswa was not avail­able to com­ment on the mat­ter as he is in Nige­ria‚ where the Brazil­ians lost 2-1 to Lobi Stars in their Caf Cham­pi­ons League group stages opener on Fri­day.

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane had high hopes for Zulu when he re­cruited him from Stars but he has run out of pa­tience with the left-back‚ who had al­ready ap­peared be­fore two dis­ci­plinary hear­ings last year, where he promised to mend his ways.

Zulu was a reg­u­lar at Stars‚ who ap­par­ently were able to man­age him de­spite his re­puted way­ward ten­den­cies.

At Sun­downs he has seen lim­ited game time‚ with Mosi­mane pre­fer­ring Te­bogo Langer­man and Lyle Lakay at left-back. –

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane had high hopes for Zulu when he re­cruited him from Stars but he has run out of pa­tience with the left-back‚ who had al­ready ap­peared be­fore two dis­ci­plinary hear­ings last year, where he promised to mend his ways

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