Players fail to net clubs

2011-09-03 20:02

Former Orlando ­Pirates and Bafana Bafana star ­Benedict “Tso” ­Vilakazi is one of the players left in limbo after the transfer window period closed on Wednesday night.

Other top players facing a bleak future are the Mamelodi Sundowns trio of Papi ­Zothwane, Koketso Mmotong and Tshepo Ramokala.

Vilakazi, who is yet to find a club, said utterances made by his former club Mpumalanga Black Aces had contributed substantially to his misery.

Aces terminated Vilakazi’s contract before the end of last season, citing “misconduct” as the reason for their action.
The player said he was still saddened by those remarks, adding that they have dented his reputation.

“I’ve been knocking at many doors but they always remind me of that comment by Aces. I’m desperately looking for a club, I can still play soccer,” said the 29-year-old Vilakazi.

The desperate midfielder said: “I’m still training on my own because it is imperative for me to be in shape while waiting for a move.

“Much as I would love to play in the PSL, playing for First Division would also make me completely happy and I simply can’t wait to have the opportunity again,” Tso added.

According to a statement ­released by Aces last season, ­Vilakazi failed to attend to a mandatory Aces social ­responsibility, missed some training and reported late for camp for a Free State Stars match which was scheduled for 6pm.

He allegedly checked in at the camp at 10pm, accompanied by a woman.

Mmotong, who was tipped to make a permanent move to Moroka Swallows, has been told by Sundowns to train in isolation from the senior team.

According to his agent Tim Sukazi, Mmotong was told that he was not going to get game time with the senior side this season and should not train with them.

“Koketso will be training alone with a trainer to be hired by Sundowns. They have made it clear that they don’t need him. They don’t want to consider other offers, instead they want to send him to the teams of their choice,” said Sukazi.
Mmotong’s lack of regular game time at Downs saw him loaned to Swallows last season.

He regained his form and played a key role that saw the club avoid relegation.

In June, Sundowns exercised their option to extend his ­contract.

Swallows’ coach Gordon Igesund was this week quoted as saying he wouldn’t be making a last-minute bid for Mmotong as they have since “closed the cheque book”.

Zothwane – who has a year remaining in his contract – ­faces an uncertain future after being told by new coach Johan Neeskens that his services were no longer needed at Chloorkop.

The Boipatong-born player has been struggling with ­injuries since joining the Pretoria side two seasons ago.
Zothwane’s agent Glyn Binkin said the player was on rehabilitation.

“I explained to the club that Papi has to recuperate first. They need to give him another chance. It won’t be possible for us to get him a team while he is still injured,” said Binkin.

He added that Zothwane should be ready for action in two weeks’ time.

Ramokala is also in the same boat after being told to keep fit with an assigned trainer. He still has a year remaining on his contract with Sundowns.

Sundowns’ new acquisitions, former Bloemfontein Celtic’s Hlompho Kekana and Nigerian player Solomon Okpako look set to be the first-choice players for the midfield.

Sundowns legal representative Yogesh Singh revealed that Santos, Golden Arrows and Jomo Cosmos were interested in Mmotong, but the player did not agree.

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