Ngwepe's future at Downs not clear
Posted: 4 July 2008 Time: 6:33 am
When Gordon Igesund was fired by Mamelodi Sundowns, one player that might have fancied his chances of regular game time was left wing, Elias Ngwepe.
Ngwepe had told KickOff.com that Igesund had no faith in him. Immediately after his departure Elias Ngwepe was lucky to get some game time under coach Trott Moloto and he capped it with a goal in a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars.
After a couple of appearances for Downs last season, Ngwepe would feel he had done enough to warrant his place in the team for the upcoming season, but Sundowns do not seem to share similar sentiments as the player has been stopped from training with the team in the pre-season training.
“My Bra, I don’t want to comment about this matter. You can speak to my agent he will tell you the story, but yes I am not part of the pre-season training with the team,” that was all Ngwepe, who was idling at home, would say.
His agent, Ivica Stankovic said he was hoping to meet with Sundowns to work out the way forward for his client.
“Elias told me that he was informed to train separate from the main squad. It is not only him, but a few other guys as well.”
The other guys might include David Kannemeyer and Peter Ndlovu, who are rumoured to be on their way out of the Brazilians.
“Elias (Ngwepe) is an employee of Mamelodi Sundowns and if they tell him to stop training with the team, they must let him know what he must do. I will be meeting them (Sundowns) to discuss the way forward as he is still their player.”
Downs’ media manager, Mahlatse Mphahlele was not giving much away in terms of the matter.
“Yes, he is not part of the team, but of course it is not only him as guys like Peter Ndlovu and David Kannemeyer are also not part of the pre-season training with the team. I will have to speak to the coaches and get an official word from them before I make a comment about their position,” Mphahlele added.