Black Leopards have released midfielder Lesedi ‘TT’ Kapinga with immediate effect.
Kapinga’s two years contract came to an end in June but was amongst the players who were given a two-month extension to finish the season.
But Lidoda Duvha have decided against keeping the 25-year-old, who is set to join defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns as of next season.
“Yeah we can confirm that we have agreed for Lesedi Kapinga to go and join his new team, to protect him and ourselves as well,” Leopards director Tshifhiwa ‘Chief’ Thidiela told FARPost.
“We know currently the club is at the bottom and you know it’s a matter of life and death so sometimes when people know that the player is moving somewhere it may be detrimental for him should he make mistakes even if it’s genuine. You will find that other players might feel no it’s because his future is secured somewhere so we would rather have him start his new life and we wish him the best,” said Thidiela.
“We wish him the best, it is just unfortunate that he could not stay after having we had agreed to all that he had asked for, and I am not sure what happened because he kept on saying all is fine and he will sign with us. My worry is that we also had a one-year extension clause.
“As a team we are also always happy when players move to greener pastures, especially when we played a role in their development and exposure, however we feel that it’s sad when you develop a player and he moves without the team benefiting, because more money is needed to develop and expose more players, especially from our home province in Limpopo,” he added.
This publication has also had it on good authority that Leopards had initially offered Kapinga more money than Sundowns but the player representatives turned them down and for the offer from Chloorkop.
Kapinga has been key for Leopards since joining from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2018. He has played in 51 matches in all competitions scoring 7 goals.
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By Ofhani Munyai