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Mabena denies Chiefs contact

Posted: 4 August 2017 Time: 10:46

Striker Ndumiso Mabena says no one contacted him from Kaizer Chiefs prior to his joining Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mabena was rumoured to be on Chiefs' radar after he rejected a contract extension offer from Platinum Stars at the end of last season.

However, the former Orlando Pirates forward landed up joining Celtic on a two-year deal in July.

"I can't talk about that [Chiefs speculation] because it's something that I didn't know," Mabena tells KickOff.com.

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"It was something that was a rumour to me and that was seen in the newspapers. Remember, I was away with Platinum Stars playing in the CAF Confederation Cup for two weeks so it is something that I know of [from the papers]. But nobody called me [from Chiefs] and nobody said anything to me."

The 30-year-old impressed in three years with Dikwena, notably winning their Player of the Season award when he netted nine goals in 2015/16.

Mabena remembers his time fondly in Rustenburg, having also received a Bafana Bafana call-up for a friendly with Ghana and tasted CAF Confederation Cup football last term.

"Look, a lot of personal things [I will remember] that I achieved as a player in the 2015/16 season," he says.

"I think playing in Africa as well, helping them to get to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, that was also an achievement.

"But to be honest with you, I wasn't surprised to be released because my contract was finished. I was a free agent and Celtic wanted my service so I was available for them.''

Mabena was part of the Phunya Sele Sele side that lifted the inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup last weekend.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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