Kaizer Chiefs comment on Hendrick Ekstein reported pay dispute
Posted: 7 December 2016 Time: 14:38
Kaizer Chiefs will not confirm whether crowd favourite Hendrick ‘Pule’ Ekstein has just been dropped from the team, or is in a pay dispute.
Ekstein, who is fully fit, has been a notable absentee for the club’s last five matches, with media reports and other sources claiming the player has been denied a request for an improved contract.
The 25-year-old last played for Steve Komphela’s side in the 0-0 draw against Baroka FC on November 2 and has not been named in a matchday squad since then.
Such is Ekstein’s plight that even Siyabonga Ngezana earned a place on the bench ahead of him for the 3-1 defeat at Chippa United last Saturday, along with new signing Joseph Molangoane.
Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa, when contacted for further information, referred questions on Ekstein to the football department at Naturena.
KickOff.com contacted football manager Bobby Motaung to find out if there is any truth to reports that Ekstein is being sidelined because “his head is not in the right space”.
“I have nothing to talk about [regarding that issue]. I really have no comment because there is nothing to talk about,” Motaung responded.
Ekstein, who turns 26 on January 1 next year, had one goal and no assists for Amakhosi in nine starts this season before being dropped. The goal he scored came via a deflection in the controversial 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars on September 14.
The Glamour Boys next face Bloemfontein Celtic on December 14 at FNB Stadium looking to turn around a dismal run of eight consecutive matches in all competitions without a win in regulation time.