Absa Premiership

Makhanya: End of the road?

2013-09-19 16:00
Joseph Makhanya (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates winger Joseph Makhanya was left in the dark by Moroka Swallows at the end of last season and is yet to find a new home.

Makhanya, 32, spent the last two years with the Dube Birds after joining them from Mpumalanga Black Aces back in July 2011.

Swallows decided against renewing Makhanya’s contract and this could signal the end of his football career.

According to the SowetanLIVE website, the player’s manager, Xolani Nhleko, revealed that some PSL teams cannot afford to risk signing the veteran midfielder as he hardly featured for the Soweto giants last season. 

''It's been a tough season for him. He did not start games as much last season and that has been a problem for the clubs. He is a
dedicated man who has an excellent disciplinary record and an incredible work ethic,” Nhleko said.

"We have spoken to all the mid-log (table) teams in the PSL to no avail. Some teams showed interest but came up with unreasonable offers.

"Other teams complained about his age and the fact that he did not play regularly. It then becomes difficult to market the player. But we are not going to give up on him."

Nhleko also stressed that Makhanya will, eventually, find a club as the season goes on since the former Bafana Bafana winger is a free agent.

"We still believe that it's early in the season and as a free agent it would be easy for him to join any team that comes with a better offer."

“Dukuduku” spent the most part of his career with the Buccaneers, being under their pay-roll for 11 years.

Makhanya made his PSL debut back in 2000.

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