Released. Mogakolodi Ngele.
Black Leopards will be without three key players in their relegation/promotion playoff campaign. According to the club’s brand manager, Mr Tshifhiwa Thidiela, the three players, Mogakolodi Ngele, Tswarelo Bereng, and Thobang Mncwango, were let go on Monday morning.
Thidiela stated that the trio’s initial contracts had expired on 30 June. He said that the club had offered the three players some short-term contracts after the league had given an indication that the current league programme would resume in the first week of August. The players’ short-term contracts expired last Saturday, after their last league match against Mamelodi Sundowns.
He revealed that when they had offered the players a two-month contract, little had they known that the team would be among the three taking part in the promotional playoffs. The last promotional playoff match will be played on Tuesday, 21 September. Thidiela reiterated that they could not extend the contracts of the three players after realizing that they would only play four matches in their promotional playoff campaign.
He stressed the fact that the decision not to extend the contracts was reached after consulting with the team’s technical staff. Thidiela said that the coaching personnel had told them that they would do without the three players in their four promotional playoff matches. He stated that the three players had not been used after the resumption of the league programme last month.
Thidiela said that they would negotiate long-term contracts with the players’ agents if the team managed to retain its elite league status at the end of the playoffs.
Mncwango and Ngele joined Lidoda duvha at the beginning of this season, while Bereng was contracted to the club for the past three seasons. Ngele played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars before moving to the Thohoyandou side.
Date:11 September 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.