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Chiefs to release Siwahla

FAILED ACQUISITON: Siwahla evades a Rollers player

In a move seen as vindicating Mochudi Center Chiefs coach, Mike Sithole‘s assessment, the ailing Kgatleng giants are contemplating releasing South African born player, Mkhayisele Siwahla in the next transfer window in January.

The player is believed to have failed to meet the club’s ever growing demands, hence the decision to ditch him. His being a foreigner is said to be another convincing reason to dump him in pursuit of a better local player to fill his space. The club had to battle and overcome a serious headache in choosing between Siwahla and Patrick Kaunda before the commencement of the league. It was precisely the case because the defending champions had to adhere to requirements of the league in registering only three foreign players.

Reports point out that the award winning Sithole had wanted Siwahla to leave so as to pave way for Patrick Kaunda, but the management wasn’t quite convinced. But now it appears things will go against their wishes.

The former Ajax skilful winger was expected to fill the void left by Galabgwe Moyana but has since struggled painfully for game time. He has played less than five games to be branded a liability by a team equally struggling to defend the premier league title.

However, there are dissenting voices. Some quarters within the club felt that head coach Sithole deliberately chose not to field Siwahla because he never wanted him from the onset. “He made it worse for the player because I think Siwahla was imposed on him, he preferred Kaunda remember,” a source disclosed.

All the while, the team is in pursuit for a goal poacher who can deputise both Onalethata Thekiso and Kekaetswe Moloi while Kaunda remains a lost pearl. The team is struggling largely because their strikers are failing in front of the goalposts.

Asked about the rumoured developments surrounding Siwahla, Chiefs media liaison, Clifford Mogomotsi could not put down a comprehensive answer regarding the player’s future. “I am not privy to what is being discussed by the technical team as yet, I do not know who will be in the chop in the next window, but for sure some players have to go and others have to come,” he said.

Nonetheless, the team is in a precarious situation with their coach. There are reports that the Kgatleng giants might not renew Sithole‘s contract that does not expire until the end of February 2016. It is experiencing a shaky start while playing catch up. It has mammoth task of battling Orapa United to second spot before climbing a mountain to topple the seemingly unstoppable Township Rollers from the league summit.

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