Thuso Phala’s mother, still fuming after his contract termination, claims Black Leopards hurt her son so much that he has decided to retire.
Phala's contract with Lidoda Duvha has been terminated by mutual consent after the former Kaizer Chiefs star struggled to find game-time this season.
The ex-Bafana Bafana international only managed 13 appearances after joining the Venda-based side from SuperSport United at the beginning of the season.
But the reasons for this lack of game-time is a strong bone of contention for Phala's mother Suzan, who is incensed by what has happened.
She claims the 33-year-old will now hang up his boots after the trauma he was put through in what was supposed to be a beautiful ending to his career.
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"In all fairness, if a person spends six months in your team not playing, what do you expect him to do, huh? He tried by all means, he was going to training, fulfilling everything," Suzan tells KickOff.com.
"They had their own reasons why they were unable to play him. Thuso stayed there not playing, and he is frustrated. We thought he was going to honour his contract up until May.
"Thuso is old but we expected him to play and finish the season well. I always used to tell him, 'Honour your contract, whether they play you or they don't, whether you sit on the bench or you don't, honour your contract up until they fire you,' which he did.
"It's not like I'm protecting my boy, no I'm not. But I've been in football, we know such tricks. And as for me, I always say no one will mess up with my boy, no one."
Suzan, who says her son has already removed himself from the players' WhatsApp group, alleges the club has not been honest about why Phala was not playing.
"To put him on the bench as if he's a learner... and they can't give you the exact problem of Thuso. They were claiming he was injured. He never got injured," she adds.
"You know, the way Leopards hurt him, he decided he wants to hang up his boots. He's had enough.
"But it was not the initial plan. The plan was for him to play and retire very well. We wanted him to have a farewell, because you understand he has a crowd, people love him so much. We wanted to give him a good send-off."
For fair play this website contacted club boss David Thidiela's son, Chief, who only said: "We will comment when we come back [after lockdown]."