Wits release Kofi, Madubanya


Dankwae arrived at the beginning of the season after a spell with Esperance Sportive de Zarzis of Tunisia but battled to make an impression at Wits as he fell behind in the pecking order at centre-back.

Wits CEO Jose Ferreira explains the circumstances leading to the release of the Ghana-born Niger defender.

“We didn’t exercise the option because for a foreign player we felt he didn’t do enough in the team. We were happy about him as a player but the fact that he is a foreign player left us with no option but to not take up the option on his contract. A foreign player must always play. He is not coming back to us,” Ferreira tells KickOff.com.

This website has also gathered that Wits are considering loaning out one of their younger foreign players in Malawian striker Robin Ngalande or Zimbabwean midfielder Denver Mukamba to allow them to get game-time elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Ferreira confirms the release of midfielder Madubanya, who leaves after a six-month stay at Sturrock Park.

“With Madubanya, his contract has expired and he has moved on and I believe he will get a good club to continue with his career. It was a case of us not taking up the option that we had on his contract based on the issue of the package that he had, otherwise there was nothing untoward,” says Ferreira.

Ferreira also confirmed strong interest in central midfielder Sandile Sibande, who has just returned from a loan spell at Polokwane City.

KickOff.com has established that Sibande is wanted by Rise and Shine again. “There is interest in him and we are just waiting on the potential deals to happen,” Ferreira adds.

On the incoming side, Wits have signed Georgian midfielder Giorgi Nergadze after he spent the last four seasons at Moroka Swallows.