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Richards Bay FC move to clarify their claims they had signed Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Shopane on loan

Posted: 17 August 2017 Time: 13:16

Newly-formed NFD side Richards Bay FC have confirmed there was an agreement in place to sign Kaizer Chiefs striker Itumeleng Shopane on loan but that a personal issue killed the deal.

The Natal Rich Boys, who were formed after the now-defunct Thanda Royal Zulu bought AmaZulu's NFD status, revealed to this website in July that the club had secured Shopane’s services on a season-long loan from Chiefs.

The 20-year-old even featured for the club in the KZN Premier's Cup at Umhlathuze Sports Complex last month, where the young Amajita striker missed a penalty against Real Kings as Richards Bay lost 3-1.

However, Amakhosi announced today that Shopane, along with and Sibongakonke Mbatha, will join Cape Town All Stars on loan for the 2017/18 season.

“There were no issues [between Richards Bay and Shopane] and at that time there was an agreement in place between the two parties [Richards Bay FC and Kaizer Chiefs] to agree on,” Rich Boys chairman Sifiso Biyela reveals to KickOff.com.

“There were then other things that I cannot divulge that needed Shopane to go back home to sort out and they had nothing to do with him playing for us.

“So, it was his family commitments that made him go back at that time.

“Richards Bay FC didn't check back on Chiefs on Shopane's latest. And what we need to understand is that he left us because he wanted to sort out family issues.”

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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