Baroka still holding out for Kekana, AmaZulu say goodbye to Sithebe

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Hlompho Kekana officially closed his chapter at Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday.
Hlompho Kekana officially closed his chapter at Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday.
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DStv Premiership side Baroka are awaiting a final decision by veteran midfielder Hlompho Kekana, while AmaZulu seem resigned to losing playmaker Siyethemba Sithebe to Kaizer Chiefs.

Baroka are eager to hear from Kekana after making overtures to recruit the former Mamelodi Sundowns captain. Despite Kekana delaying a decision on his immediate future, Baroka are still holding out hope of adding the PSL’s most decorated player to their squad.

As reported previously, Baroka held discussions with the 36-year-old at the end of last year in the hopes of luring him to his home province of Limpopo.

According to a club official at Bakgakga, the club hasn’t lost its desire to sign Kekana despite also drawing interest from other clubs including Cape Town City and AmaZulu.

“The club is still interested in him. Everything is up to him”, said the source.

“We are waiting for him,” he added.

Baroka are currently sitting on position 15 on the log with just 13 points after playing 17 games this season.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu chairperson Sandile Zungu has sensationally confirmed that wantaway midfielder Sithebe will not feature for the club again this season.

“Clearly, he’s not happy to stay at the club, and we respect that. As to where he’s going, I don’t know.”
Sandile Zungu, AmaZulu chairperson

As revealed recently, the player’s arrival at Kaizer Chiefs is imminent, with his unveiling to take place in the coming weeks.

“Yes, Sithebe and his contract situation, which ends in June this year, will definitely not be extended,” Zungu said.

“Clearly, he’s not happy to stay at the club, and we respect that. As to where he’s going, I don’t know.

“We are resigned to the fact that talks with AmaZulu have ended, and his contract will not be extended.

“To the AmaZulu faithful, they will probably not see Sithebe wearing an AmaZulu jersey in a competitive match again.

“We are of a view that he’s not committed to the team beyond his term of contract, which we respect.

“Sithebe has done wonders for the team, and we are very grateful for his contribution thus far, and he’s a true professional, and we have nothing but praise for him. We’re just disappointed he can’t be with the team for a longer time.”

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