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Mogakolodi Ngele’s future at Black Leopards is becoming untenable few months after penning a two year deal. The club questions Ngele’s attitude and commitment towards his football career which he was signed to revive.

It is said the South African based outfit were left perplexed upon realizing that the left footed attacker played part for Botswana against Malawi in a World Cup qualification match last month. Leopards sources state that they were made to understand that the player is injured and therefore would be under close observation for some time. It is said that the team’s technical officials are not happy to see Ngele playing yet he confirmed to them that he is injured.

Leopards are quick to play down allegations to the effect that they might be discouraging their players to represent their countries, but argue that players like Ngele should be honest and respect their contracts. Ngele featured once for his new club, playing less than 30 minutes before succumbing to an injury. The nature of his injury is still unspecified. Leopards are now believed to be ready to take a tough stance against the Botswana international and would want to rebuke him for his behavior. Since the arrival of new coach, the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker has never kicked a ball at Leopards, a revelation that leaves many questions without answers regarding his stay. Black Leopards have even gone further to shake up their squad and the technical team. A Guinean international is among four new faces at Black Leopards as the club’s recently appointed head coach Luc Eymael is looking at the options to reinforce his squad.

With Eymael having joined Leopards two weeks ago, there have been signs of improvement in the team’s performances, though Lidoda Duvha as Leopards are famously known lost 2-1 against Mamelodi Sundowns in their last match before the FIFA international break, following their 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the previous match. Former Free State Stars defender Bangali Keita has surfaced at Leopards for training, with a view to win a contract. Other players training with the side are the former Bidvest Wits duo of Prince Nxumalo and Thobani Mncwango, as well as Tshepo Tema, who was previously with Ea Lla Koto. 

It is growing remarkable on how Ngele was chained at Sundowns but with a move to Leopards, it was expected that the players was nearing his breakthrough season. Sundowns over the years had developed a hard nose when negotiating for Ngele. It was said the Brazilians admired the Botswana international but why they could not afford him more game time was not known.  However, Sundowns eventually lost the left footed midfielder for free to Black Leopards. When signing for Leopards, Ngele said he recognizes the club as one of South Africa’s growing clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. Without doubt, he enjoyed his years at Sundowns as a professional where he was recognised by the supporters, but when he left he felt that the time was right to move on. 

It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club. Twice Sundowns loaned him to different teams, first to the BidVest Wits where he helped them win the league and secondly to Supersport United where he also aided them to avoid relegation. Whether he will cope at Leopards is one thing, but what does not inspire faith is his decaying relationship with management at the early stages of his Leopards career.

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The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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