Chiefs target's 'mind is somewhere else'


Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has explained the club's decision to strip Mduduzi Mdantsane of the captaincy.

Mdantsane was named on the bench in the team's last two matches, against Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City, and played the final 11 minutes of their 1-0 win over Rise and Shine.

The former skipper has not been in his best form since rumours of the Glamour Boys' interest surfaced at the beginning of the season, and the chairman has suggested his head may have been turned.

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"There is nothing wrong with Mdantsane, it's just, he's off, off, off... I don't know if his mind is somewhere else, he's not the way we know him," Mphahlele tells

"He's just off-form man. Ja I think he's just off form and it affects him. Ja man, you cannot be a captain and then you are off form, it's a problem.

"In appointing a captain we are looking at the boys and asking which boy can lead a team for this period and maybe if someone is down, we will need to help him. It's just a matter of seeing who can lead the team for this current situation.

Asked about the Mdantsane's contract, which is believed to be coming to an end in June 2020, Mphahlele preferred not to give anything away.

"I'm not an agent. I don't talk about the contracts of my players to the media or other people. It's only the agent who does that."

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Despite everything, Mdantsane says he remains committed to Bakgaga.

"Obviously if a player's contract is only left with months, it will be assumed he has lost focus. The club hasn't told me anything," the player says.

"You know the chairman wants everyone in the team to be a leader you see. There is no guarantee who must be the captain you understand. I haven't signed a contract for that. My contract doesn't say anything about me being a captain the whole season. So anyone can be a captain, anyone can be a leader.

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"So I think my time had come to an end. It's someone else's time to take the lead. Maybe next time or next week it will be someone else. The chairman wants everyone to feel as a leader.

"I have no offers, I'm waiting for my agent to say something [regarding the contract], my focus is on playing. As long as they want to keep me, I don't mind staying. It doesn't matter where I am, as long as I'm playing and I'm enjoying my football, that's it. I'm happy here.

"Work is work. Wherever work takes you, you must adjust. There is no time to be homesick here. My relationship with the chairman is very good. It's up to me man, I should be strong, I should keep focused and fight for my position that's all."

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Regarding the talk of a move back to his former club Chiefs, the midfielder says at the time his agent advised him to focus on playing his game.

"My agent asked me to focus on playing football and not at some off-field stuff. Yes my contract will be finished but it's up to my boss. It's up to my agent to talk and decide if they've still got plans for me next season or not."