Of­floaded:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE in­ter­na­tional striker Kingston Nkhatha has been of­floaded by South African side Su­per­Sport United.

The club con­firmed to South African me­dia that Nkhatha and his ex-team­mate at Kaizer Chiefs Tefu Mashamaite will no longer be part of the side when their con­tracts ex­pire at the end of June.

Nkhatha (32) joined Amat­sat­santsa A Pi­tori in 2015, while Mashamaite penned the deal with the Pre­to­ria club in 2016.

Mashamaite’s stay with United has been marred by in­juries and he only made four league ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

Nkatha played 15 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions and failed to find the back of the net.

Su­per­Sport United chief ex­ec­u­tive Stan Matthews told IOL that the club has de­cided against re­new­ing the duo’s con­tracts while promis­ing de­fender Den­win Farmer is leav­ing for Mar­itzburg United on a per­ma­nent deal.

“Kingston and Masha are leav­ing the club. We didn’t re­new their con­tracts.

“We need to find their re­place­ments. Yeye (Reneilwe Let­sholonyane) and Mor­gan (Gould) are stay­ing. Den­win Farmer is join­ing Mar­itzburg United on a per­ma­nent deal,” said Matthews.

Su­per­sport, who are cur­rently un­der the guid­ance of Zim­bab­wean coach Kai­tano Tembo, fought hard late in the sea­son to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion.

The side have al­ready started plan­ning for the new sea­son.

Matthews con­firmed the sign­ing of Bid­vest Wits striker James Keene, on a pre-con­tract.

“James Keene has also joined us. We wanted to sign him in Jan­uary but Jose Fer­ri­era (Wits CEO) said no. We lost Jeremy (Brockie who joined Mamelodi Sun­downs) and Bradley (Grob­ler who was ruled out of the sea­son with an in­jury).

“Jose asked us to do the deal at the end of the sea­son when they are in a better po­si­tion. He is my friend and for­mer col­league, so I re­spected that,” said Matthews.

Matthews also con­firmed that they had in­ter­est in Andile Jali but his de­mands are be­yond their bud­get.

Kaizer Chiefs are cur­rently lead­ing the race for Jali’s sig­na­ture but Mamelodi Sun­downs want to counter their of­fer.

Kingston Nkhatha

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