Kerr on Matombo, Nange absence


READ: Nange could find himself in limbo

At the beginning of the season, Matombo’s brother, Nkipitheni, told that the Kaizer Chiefs development product was caught in a contract dispute with the Limpopo side. The player hasn't featured even once in an official game for the club.

Nange has also not seen any game-time since Bidvest Wits recently announced his capture on a pre-contract. Although Kerr admits that club chairman David Thidiela is not happy aboutlosing a player of Nange's calibre, he denies this cost him his place in the team. Nange has played 13 times in all competitions for Lidoda Duvha this season, scoring once in the league and once in the Telkom Knockout.

"No look, Chris is training hard, Nange is training hard," Kerr tells

"Of course there's stories about Bidvest Wits, but now agents have power over players. Players have powers over clubs, especially when they are out of contract. But you know they are still training with us, they are still working hard, and it's all I want them to do - to just keep working hard. Behave well on the field and off the field because you are always representing Leopards football club until you leave.

"He [Nange] needs to keep himself training hard and if I think he deserves to be in the squad and deserves a start in the first 11, I will put him there. I don't have a problem with that. Because in the last couple of weeks I thought he was not at the level with the rest of the players. He didn't travel with the squad for the last two games and I still challenge him, ' Listen, get yourself back in our squad'. And I know he's going to do that if he is training hard every day. Look, he is a good professional, he is always here and he comes to training with a smile. You know that's what you want in your players, to enjoy [themselves].

"You know I appreciate the situation my chairman is in, because he's been with him [Nange]for five years and he decided to go elsewhere. You know I can understand why the chairman is upset and I fully support the chairman because he is my boss. At the end of the day he is my boss. I'm responsible for his team, so I've got to do my job as best as I can and do my job as best for my chairman and the supporters. I have to have the best players available and find the right players, both mentally as well as technically and playing-wise. You've got to find the right balance you know for things to be successful."