Cape Town - Cash-strapped Bloemfontein Celtic have agreed to release reigning Player of the Month Alfred Ndengane who looks now to be set to join Orlando Pirates.
lengthy yet cordial discussions with Alfred Ndengane’s representatives
Bloemfontein Celtic has finally agreed to release the resolute defender
from his contract," the club said in a statement. "The versatile and humble defender will as from October 1 not be part of the team."
Breaking the news Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco said: "it is incredibly
painful losing a player of Ndengane’s calibre, however, after speaking
to him for months trying to convince him to stay we realised he was
adamant about his request to be released.
"I must emphasise though, that
through negotiations for him to extend his stay and his ultimate
decision to depart, there was no bad blood but rather amicable
discussions through his manager.
"We therefore wish him all the best in his future endeavours and
wholeheartedly thank him for his professional conduct and contribution
towards the brand Celtic."
Konco concluded by announcing that utility defender, Tshepo
Rikhotso, has extended his stay at Siwelele by three years with an
additional one-year option to his current contract which is due to
end June 2019.
"He (Rikhotso) was nurtured and introduced to professional football by
Celtic and we were happy when he, through his manager, committed to the
team until 2023. In football you lose some but we must always try to
keep the core of the team intact"