Chippa United withdraw offer for AWOL Lerato Manzini
Posted: 7 July 2015 Time: 10:45
Chippa United have withdrawn their contract offer to Lerato Manzini because the player went missing after agreeing a three-year deal on Friday.
This website revealed on Friday that Manzini had agreed to join the club despite late interest from Golden Arrows, yet the player was not officially announced at a Chippa United press conference in Cape Town yesterday.
KickOff.com can now reveal that Manzini failed to pitch for the club’s unveiling and the deal has been cancelled. According to a close source, drinking problems have hampered the striker’s career and is allegedly the reason why Tim Sukazi cut ties with the player.
“Chippa United chairman Siviwe Mpengesi put in an offer to the player, which the player agreed to, and part of the agreement was that the player would report for training in Cape Town with his new teammates, but instead he missed three flights, his phone was off and it is still off,” the source reveals.
“No-one can get hold of him. He also had to be in Cape Town for the press conference yesterday. Chippa found out the boy had drinking problems, that's why [his former agent] Tim Sukazi, SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic dropped him. So Chippa withdrew his offer due to all those reasons. The agent has since cancelled his association with the player.”
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Meanwhile, Mpengesi confirms it is true that the club has withdrawn their offer to the player after he went missing.
“Yes, he went missing and his agent sent a text message that the boy has disappeared,” Mpengesi says.
“We didn't sign a contract as yet and he was still to come to Cape Town. I'm not disappointed. These things happen and our pre-season is about to finish now and we can't wait for somebody who is still busy with other things.
“It [drinking problems] is one of those things and [the reason we are no longer interested] is around those things, but I don't know the boy and we just decided to withdraw our interest because we can't wait for somebody forever.”
The Chilli Boys unveiled nine new players and appointed former Santos coach David Bright as assistant coach to Roger Sikhakhane.
The team, which also revealed a new PUMA kit, will leave Cape Town to continue their pre-season preparations in KwaZulu-Natal before going back to Port Elizabeth.