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Philani Zulu has been sidelined at Maritzburg United by a contract dispute

Posted: 24 October 2016 Time: 21:00

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has confirmed the reason why Philani Zulu has not played the last three matches for the club. 

United have offered the player a new contract but Zulu is not keen to extend his stay, with his current deal coming to an end in June, and he is weighing up his options.

KickOff.com understands offers are flooding in for the player, who was given jersey number 10 prior to this season.

The 24-year-old was named as the most valuable player last season at the club's awards, but United chairman Kadodia says until Zulu decides on whether to sign the new deal the club offered, he will be on the sidelines.

"Philani Zulu's got a contract dispute with the club so he's basically sorting his life out," Kadodia tells this website. 

"The club wants him to decide exactly what he wants because he's in the last year of his contract. The club gave him the proposal to extend his contract and he's in deliberation. So at the moment he's sorting his life out. Once he's sorted out his contract dispute, he can come back."

During the off-season, the chairman fought off offers from Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs for the services of Deolin Mekoa and Evans Rusike after both clubs showed interests.

Kadodia said both players are not for sale, however both have quietly confirmed that this will be their last season at United. 

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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