Ex-Chiefs winger given the runaround

Posted: 17 November 2018 Time: 08:00

Abia Nale appears to have been given the runaround on his trial at Black Leopards.

According to a source, the former Kaizer Chiefs winger was let go, called back, and released again this week.

Nale trained with the Limpopo outfit for quite some time, but it seems the recent departure of coach Joel Masutha affected his chances of joining Lidoda Duvha.

"Abia was let go on Tuesday, after training they told him he must leave. Then Wednesday morning they phoned him to tell him he must report back to training," the source tells KickOff.com.

"Chief [Club boss, Thidiela] phoned him and told him to come back, whereas Elijah Mulaudzi was the one who told him to leave. So yesterday again after training he called him to inform him that he must leave again. So the boy is now also confused on who is the manager and who is running the club, who is taking decisions ... But he is leaving as he sees that things are not working out."

Contacted about the matter, Leopards spokesperson Berry Ramunenyiwa says it is against club policy to discuss players that have left the side after an assessment.

"We've got a policy that if a player comes to Black Leopards we don't talk about him for a simple reason. We have good players who come to Black Leopards ... you might be shocked with some of the names of the stars who didn't make it at Black Leopards. It's not like we didn't want them. We wanted them but we look at the style of play, it didn't allow us.

"They don't want us to talk about such players because we will damage their chances to go elsewhere. So our policy is we don't talk about a player who is on trial for two reasons: one, if we don't take him it hurts his future in football because some will say 'This one who failed trials at Black Leopards?' So we realised that it gives players problems going forward. And secondly when a player is in training usually there is a hype and agents are pushing us when it comes to price."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha

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