Absa Premiership

Chiefs to make u-turn on stars?

2015-06-11 08:47
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo)

Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs are set to patch things up with a couple of outgoing stars which could lead to the players remaining at Naturena.

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Sport24 reported a mass exodus at Amakhosi last week when chairman, Kaizer Motaung, announced that Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite Mandla Masango and Katlego Mphela were to exit the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

The news angered Amakhosi fans and one avid supported in particular, Saddam Maake, said he will organise a march if ‘Spiderkid’ leaves for Mamelodi Sundowns or Orlando Pirates.

According to Soccer Laduma, Chiefs are willing to make peace with Khune and Masango in order to keep the players donning Amakhosi colours.

On June 2, Motaung revealed that contract negotiations with Khune and his representatives hit several snags over the past few months.

"As far as Itu is concerned, his case became more disrespectful to the club,” said Motaung at the clubs press conference.

In Masango’s case, the 25-year-old became greedy as he was advised to sign the contract Chiefs tabled for him.

“If I was him I would have signed the deal‚ especially as a player who was on the brink of being loaned out at the beginning of the season because there were no prospects for him,” said Walter Mokoena, who represented the player.

Reports suggest that private meetings are to be held with both players in order to find a solution.

However, the two players are currently with Bafana Bafana in Durban as South Africa prepares for their AFCON qualifier against Gambia on Saturday.

There is a question mark placed on whether the Chiefs hierarchy will make a u-turn on Mashamaite.

The 30-year-old defender walked away with the 2014/15 Footballer of the Season, Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season and the Absa Premiership Defender of the Season at the PSL awards.

Amakhosi have been linked with Siyanda Xulu as Masha’s replacement while Daniel Cardoso also confirmed that he is already a Chiefs player.

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