“It’s sad, but sometimes, as a club, you have to take tough decisions. That’s why we decided to go forward without them. We need to look as well to the future, needing to invest in younger players.”
When asked about the Itumeleng Khune contract saga, which has been dragging for months, the chairman revealed that despite their best efforts, the parties were ultimately unable to find common ground. “We have been trying for almost a year to negotiate a new contract with Khune. But we couldn’t agree on terms. There comes a time when it’s best to go our separate ways,” he lamented. “Khune has done brilliantly with us. However, he obviously felt that it was time to make a move to greener pastures. We wish him all the best in the future.”
The futures of other Bafana Bafana stars such as Mandla Masango, Tefu Mashamaite, Katlego Mphela and Erick Mathoho were also clarified by the chairman.
“We offered Mandla a new contract, which he didn’t accept. Instead, Mandla asked to be released and that’s what we decided to agree on. We also wish him all the best.
“Unfortunately, our negotiations with Tefu proved unsuccessful and he is on his way out too.
“Katlego was called into a disciplinary hearing last week for failing to attend a number of important events. It was agreed to part ways.”
Mathoho on the other hand remains key to Amakhosi’s future plans and will not be going anywhere as the club has not been approached for his services. “Tower is a highly valuable member of the team and will be staying at the club. He still has two years left on his contract,” said Motaung.