Polokwane City coach Luc Eymael unsure of future of absent striker Thobani Mncwango
Posted: 27 February 2017 Time: 16:29
Luc Eymael has revealed striker Thobani Mncwango is not training with Polokwane City, but that the only person who can clarify the situation is club chairman Johnny Mogaladi.
Mncwango, 29, was the second top scorer in the Absa Premiership last season, finishing the campaign just one goal behind Golden Boot winner Collins Mbesuma, who notched 14.
Speculation before the start of the current season was rife that Mncwango was keen on a move to one of South Africa’s bigger clubs, leading to him missing the first few matches of the 2016/17 term, while his only appearance this year came against Maritzburg United when the league resumed in early February.
And Eymael, whose side most recently played to a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates over the weekend, was asked about Mncwango’s whereabouts, only to be told that the Polokwane chairman is the right person to answer that.
"We again missed Thobani and that is three games [this year] without him playing and it is difficult for us, but you have to ask the chairman," Eymael tells KickOff.com.
"I can't talk about that but it's difficult. You can't forget that Thobani, last season, he finished second best striker of the league.
"We were missing him and if I talk about that I'd be in trouble but we are playing without him.”
When Eymael was asked if Mncwango is still training with the club, the Belgian coach said: "He's not training with the squad now, unfortunately. But you have to ask the chairman, not me and I can't talk about it," he stresses.
Chairman Mogaladi was unavailable for comment.
Rise and Shine are not new to having players frozen out as last season Cole Alexander was pressured to sign an extension, but he refused and missed quite a number of games. He then signed a pre-contract with SuperSport United, which came into effect during the off-season.
Mncwango, who also played for Baroka FC and Mpumalanga Black Aces, has featured in 14 league matches and scored just three goals, with his last coming against his ex-club Arrows in November 2016.