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Bantu midfielder’s fate uncertain


Moorosi Tsiane

BANTU midfielder, Katleho Moleko’s future at the 2016/2017 Vodacom Premier League champions continues to be clouded with uncertainty as he has not been training with the rest of the team since they re-opened from the winter break.

Moleko, who joined A Matšo Matebele from South Africa’s National First Division side Garankuwa United three seasons ago, is training by his own.

The Orlando Pirates youth development product has not seen much game time since his arrival at the Mafeteng side and he was transfer-listed before the appointment of James Madidilane and Bob Mafoso as coaches at the start of last season.

He was however, given the chance to prove himself by the duo but they mainly used him as a substitute.

Moleko recently expressed his frustrations over the developments in an interview with Sunday Express.

“We have been scheduling meetings with Bantu president Ntate Leuta regarding my contract but until today (Friday morning) nothing has materialised,” Moleko said.

“It is frustrating to train alone but I have a contract with Bantu and I respect that.

“I will wait to hear what they decided about my future. But this whole thing is also working against me because even if they decide to release me, my fitness levels will still be low when the league starts because training alone is not the same as training with the rest of the team.”

By yesterday, Moleko had still not heard from the club and he said, “It’s a difficult situation for me”.

“If nothing happens I’ll still honour my contract as I still have a year left.”

He said he would only comment further after meeting the team’s management.

Meanwhile, Leuta, who is also the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) chairman, said he had not met Moleko due to his busy schedule.

“We had set up a meeting with him but unfortunately I have been tied up with the (league) sponsorship issues.

“It is true that it training alone might negatively affect him but he is a footballer who understands how important it is for him to stay fit whether playing for Bantu or any other team but I believe we will be able to meet by this coming week,” Leuta said.

Meanwhile, Bantu have released midfielder Pheelo Sephooana and right back Liteboho Nkune to new A Division side, Ketane FC and Premier League returnees, Majantja respectively both on loan moves.






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