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Mahlasela set for Celtic exit

Kabelo Mahlasela (Gallo Images)
Kabelo Mahlasela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic attacking talisman Kabelo Mahlasela will not renew his contract with the Premiership high-flyers, much to the annoyance of chairman Rali Ramabodu.

Mahlasela has been an instrumental part of Siwelele's recent form, as they sit in fourth place on the Premiership standings.

However, with Kaizer Chiefs reportedly ready to offer the playmaker a pre-contract in the new year, the former Orlando Pirates youth product is ready to part ways with the club that has rekindled his career in the top-flight.

"It hurts that he has chosen not to renew his contract with us because no one wanted when we signed him," Ramabodu told Isolezwe.

"He told me that he wants to play for one of the teams in Gauteng because he wants to be closer to his family, but I don't think that's the case because he's spent so many years playing outside of Gauteng.

"I have accepted that he's leaving because we offered him the new deal a long time ago [but he hasn't signed].

"Several clubs are after his services, but I wish he will play regularly wherever he is going unlike some of the players who left us, including Lyle Lakay and Dumisani Zuma."

Meanwhile, Celtic overcame Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout semi-final 4-3 on penalties to secure a final berth against Wits. 

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