BANTU midfielder Seperiti Malefane’s future remains uncertain after his move to LCS fell through before the transfer window closed on Wednesday.
Malefane had been training with the correctional service side since the pre-season claiming his contract with Bantu had expired.
However, the Mafeteng outfit disputed this, and insisted the player had a running contract with them.
Bantu vice-president Molefi Lengosane said a transfer deal would have been finalised if LCS had paid for the services of Malefane.
“We wanted to settle that before the window closed but unfortunately things didn’t go smoothly as we had hoped because LCS refused to pay. They said the player claimed to be a free agent whereas he still has a running contract with us,” Lengosane said.
“The ball is now in LCS’s court because the contract is there and clear.”
The Sunday Express can reveal A Matšo Matebele want M20 000 for the services of the versatile midfielder who can also play as a full back.
LCS secretary-general Lehlohonolo Matlosa confirmed on Thursday the registration could not be completed as there were unresolved issues involving Malefane and Bantu.
“I can’t get into details regarding this issue because there are still some resolved issues involving him and Bantu so we have to respect that and give them time to work on those. But it won’t be this week obviously because the player is currently out of the country with Likuena. So we have to wait until he returns for them to take this matter to the Dispute Resolution Committee (Disproco),” Matlosa said.
Matlosa said the dispute would negatively affect Malefane’s career as he would not be playing until the matter was resolved.
“He is a good player who can add value to our squad, so all this will affect him and us. We just hope it won’t take long to be resolved because we can’t buy a player if he is a free agent,” he said.
Matlosa, however, confirmed the singing of Linare striker Leboneng Moqecho on a permanent deal.
“Our aim was to bolster the team and we agreed terms with Linare regarding their striker Leboneng Moqecho who has joined us on a permanent deal,” he said.
Matlosa also revealed midfielders Khethisa Masenyetse and Refiloe Mothae were likely to leave the team as they had passed interviews with the Lesotho Mounted Police Service.
“LMPS wrote to inform us that the duo passed their interviews but until that is official we will not allow them to leave. Besides, if LMPS as a football club want to use them there have to be negotiations because they are our players and will not leave without any compensation.”
Meanwhile, Lengosane said Bantu had loaned out Congolese winger Nzenze Nkulu to Linare for six months to create space for another foreign player Lundokhuhle Phungulwa from South African side Bloemfontein Celtic.
“There are only five slots for foreign players in each team and that is why we loaned out Nkulu, but we are not done with Phungulwa’s registration,” he said.
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