Royal Eagles mum on Katlego Mphela contract extension

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO:BACKPAGE PIX Roya Eagles striker Katlego Mphela whose contract negotiations have not started despite it ending at the end of the season.

PHOTO:BACKPAGE PIX Roya Eagles striker Katlego Mphela whose contract negotiations have not started despite it ending at the end of the season.

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ROYAL Eagles say it is too early to talk about a contract extension for Katlego Mphela as they continue the push for the promotion play-offs.

The former Bafana Bafana striker, who was written off by many, has put NFD defenders on red alert with his predatory instincts and is scoring goals for the ambitious Durban side after another strike on Sunday against Santos.

Mphela, whose contract is up at the end of this season, was responsible for the sacking of AmaZulu coach Steve Barker by firing Eagles to last week’s 1-0 victory after the club appointed interim coaches Bheka Phakathi, Abram Nteo and John Tlali.

“Let me put it this way, I don’t think it has become fair for now to start talking about contracts of who is staying and who is leaving,” Eagles general manager Richard Makhoba tells KickOff.com.

“Honestly speaking, the club has never looked at any other player on the contract future or anything like that. Right now we are still enjoying our quest to play our last remaining matches.

“We don’t want to unsettle our camp unnecessarily in terms of contract or no contract. He’s scoring goals right now and it would be unfair for us to start writing about him.”

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns striker’s goal in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Santos took his season tally to nine in 19 matches.

Eagles are now third on the log table, and Makhoba feels Mphela is happy and settled at the club after an early lack of match sharpness.

“All the guys are happy and they are training for the team,” Makhoba adds.

“He scored the goal and if he was unhappy he wasn’t going to score over the weekend. He’s getting the necessary support from the management and the directors also so no player is unhappy.”

As Eagles’ play-off ambitions are in fine balance, they will have the biggest task on their hands next weekend when they welcome cup giant killers and NFD log leaders Baroka FC to Harry Gwala Stadium.

- KickOff.com

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