Black Leopards have confirmed that they have given the players whose contracts came to an end on Tuesday, 30 June, an extension until the current season is concluded.
The players who were running out of contract include Lesedi Kapinga, Robert Ng’ambi, Mogakolodi Ngele, Tshwarelo Bereng and Joseph Mhlongo.
Leopards Director, Tshifhiwa ‘Chief’ Thidiela has confirmed that all the players have agreed to stay at the club for a further 2 months, with the exception of Mhlongo who officially left on Tuesday.
“Most of them have agreed as it is allowed to have an extension for the remaining six matches, it is only Joseph Mhlongo whose contract is not going to be extended,” said Thidiela.
“The rest of them obviously based on the coach’s plans we have negotiated with them and some we are still finalising the negotiations to make sure they remain at the team for the last 6 games,” he said.
Thidiela also confirmed that the club has offered some of their players new contracts for the new season, but declined to comment on reports about Kapinga signing with Mamelodi Sundowns.
“The coach wants to still be able to use them, some we have offered new contracts going beyond the six matches so it’s just up to them to say yes or no. The offers were tabled long ago, I think at Black Leopards we do this (negotiations) in the last 12 months of their contracts obviously to make sure that by the time the season ends we have all our people secured.
“If he was to have signed with Sundowns I think that question would be appropriate to ask Sundowns or whoever that he may have signed with. I would not be preview to that information,” he said.
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