Wits shelve Pelembe discussions

Posted: 14 February 2018 Time: 17:30

Bidvest Wits have decided to put contract renewal discussions with midfielder Elias Pelembe on hold, pending his return from injury.

The Mozambican international is into the final few months of his contract with the Clever Boys, whom he joined on a free transfer from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2015.

With his three-year deal coming to an end, coach Gavin Hunt has yet to decided whether the diminutive winger will feature in his plans for next season.

"We'll see. We're not going to discuss anything like that now, we'll just wait and see," Hunt tells


Domingues, as he is commonly known, is currently sidelined with a fractured forearm, which he broke in November last year and again last month.

"We'll see how he comes back and how he plays, but he's been a bit unfortunate to break his arm twice – first against Sundowns and then he fell over the next game [against Bloemfontein Celtic] and broke it again," he adds.

At 34, Hunt is not overly concerned with Pelembe's age, and believes he still has the physique and the legs to continue playing.

"No [his age isn't a factor], not really. He's still a good player, and he's still got legs. So we'll see."

Pelembe first arrived in South Africa back in 2007, when Hunt signed him to SuperSport United, and has enjoyed a fruitful stay in the PSL ever since.

He won two Absa Premiership titles with Matsatsantsa before joining Sundowns in 2009, going on to collect one more league trophy before arriving at Wits, where he bagged last season's championship.

He also claimed the Nedbank Cup with Sundowns, and the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout cups with Wits.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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