Long-serving Chippa United player Andile Mbenyane has confirmed he’s leaving the club.
FARPost broke the news on Thursday that Mbenyane, alongside Kurt Lentjies, Lehlohonolo Masalesa, Thabo Rakhale and Diamond Thopola have been axed, but the reasons are still sketchy.
Club boss Chippa Mpengesi said on Thursday that he would engage the coach Rulani Mokwena and the players may stay until the end of the season.
Mbenyane, however, says he’s been told to leave.
“Yes, I am leaving the team. I was informed on Wednesday. It’s not easy for me to talk about this, because I am not okay right now,” Mbenyane told SowetanLive.
Mbenyane may be saved from the axe, just like the other players, but Mpengesi said Mbenyane must pull up his socks.
“Look, I’m sure there are things that the coach (Rulani Mokwena) is not happy with, but I don’t think it is something that cannot be resolved,” Mpengesi told the media in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, where he was attending a Premier Soccer League meeting that resolved to suspend the League indefinitely because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
“But it’s about time also that players like Mbenyane must come to the party… he must pull up hs socks. I mean, he’s been with us for all these years for him to be behaving the way that we are hearing.
“Because what we are hearing is that he’s got days like Mondays and some days that he just does not come to the training you know and he’s a player now that has been with us for many years but he has not yet even reached 130 games,” Mpengesi stated.
Mbenyane has over the years played 130 games, scoring 15 goals and assisting 12 times for the Chilli Boys.
“So now, if you count 30 games times 10, at least he’s supposed to have 300 games. He has played less than 130 games, so that shows you that he has not done a lot for the club. In fact, as a club we have done a lot for him,” Mpengesi continued.
“Unfortunately, as much as we love Andile, the truth must be told that his behaviour is disappointing,” he said.
Mpengesi said the ball is in Mbenyane’s court to solve the problem.
“I’m sure him and the coach can sit down, and Andile can solve the problems that he has. We wish to see him retiring here (at Chippa), but unfortunately, if his behaviour is not changing there is little we can do
“If he’s not improving from the issues of (not) coming to training and coming to training drunk and all those things, then there is nothing we can do as a club,” Mpengesi added.
Mbenyane joined the Eastern Cape-based side in 2009 and he is the only remaining player from the squad that helped Chippa win the National First Division (NFD) now known as the GladAfrica Championship to gain automatic promotion to the PSL back in 2012.
By FARPost Reporter