Absa Premiership

Manqele's financial struggles behind Chippa move

2018-01-30 07:38
Edward Manqele (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says he allowed Edward Manqele to join Chippa United for free due to 'private and financial issues' the striker was facing.

The Chilli Boys have yet to confirm Manqele's arrival, but according to Eymael, he was supposed to be heading to the Port Elizabeth-based club for a second stint.

His last stay at Stars, also his second at the club, lasted just five months during which time he scored three league goals in nine matches.

Eymael says that when Manqele approached him at the start of the month about moving to Chippa, he had initially hoped to cash in on the ex-Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns marksman.

But having taken the player's personal issues into account, he allowed him to leave on a free transfer.

"[Mohammed] Anas and Manqele came to us," Eymael told KickOff. "Anas told us he was contacted by Wits directly before the Wits game [on 5 January], while on the same day, Manqele told us he was contacted by Chippa.

"I asked him if he was sure, and he told me, 'Yes, coach, please let me go'.  He said he was struggling financially, and had some private issues, and said Chippa were offering a better contract. We called Chippa, who said they were interested, but wanted him for free.

"We didn't want to let him go for free but after some time I saw his spirit wasn't there, and I told my boss it's better to let him go because we need players who are focused on what they are trying to do here.

"If a player has private or financial issues, it's better to let him go, as we'd be helping him. So we called him in and told him it was okay, and that we'd let him go for free to Chippa, no problem. And in two minutes, he had signed."

The Belgian is, however, unhappy that he never received any kind of thanks from Manqele.

"He didn't say thank you or anything. When I arrived, he was very, very big, and he lost more than 20kg with me. He's never been this thin as he's been with me," Eymael added.

"Unfortunately he didn't say thank you or anything, and now he's signed, but now I didn't know what is happening with Chippa - they are waiting, but I'm not sure for what."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Baroka FC v Free State Stars, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Cape Town City v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu v Maritzburg United, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Free State Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Black Leopards v Baroka FC, Thohoyandou Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.