Marumo clarifies Patel situation, confirm Lumu exit

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As revealed by FARPost last week, Marumo Gallants new signings Zaid Patel and Jeroen Lumu were told to stop training with the club after it was decided that they would be released.

This publication had reported that the pair were released because they were not in Sebastien Migne’s plans. But it turns out the club had signed the two players without any medical tests and were later alerted of underlying issues concerning the players.

The last time Lumu and Patel trained with the club was over 20 days ago. Patel has since gone do his medicals and returned to training on Tuesday, 17 August, while Lumu has officially left.

Club spokesperson Rufus Matsena clarified to FARPost the situation regarding the two players.

“He (Lumu) was with the club but we have let him go. There was some issue that he has done in terms of the rules of the club. He weas called for DC subsequent to that he was found guilty and released from our team.

“The only time he stopped training with the team was when we went for our pre-season camp. The reason is that he was booked for an x-ray which he went for while we were in camp. Because of the fact that the programme was already running we gave him some time off.”

But striker Patel took his tests and the club has since reconsidered that decision. FARPost can confirm that the 27-year-old Patel returned to training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Siphelele Ntshangase is still training with the club but is yet to be offered a contract.

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By Ofhani Munyai