Celtic part ways with Bucs target

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KickOff.com yesterday reported that Ndengane is nearing a move to The Buccaneers, who have been keen to bring him to Johannesburg since January.

It was expected that the 31-year-old reigning Absa Premiership Player of the Month would make the switch in January next year before his contract at Phunya Sele Sele expires in June.

However, the Free State-based outfit have since severed ties with the defender at his own request, as a move to the Soweto giants looks to be nearer than anticipated.

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A statement from Celtic reads: 'After some lengthy yet cordial discussions with Alfred Ndengane’s representatives, Bloemfontein Celtic has finally agreed to release the resolute defender from his contract.

'The versatile and humble defender will as from 1st October 2018 not be part of the team.'

Club CEO Kumbulani Konco offered further clarity on the decision to mutually part ways with the Cape Town-born centre-back, who can also play as a defensive midfielder.

“It is incredibly painful losing a player of Ndengane’s calibre; however, after speaking to him for months trying to convince him to stay we realised he was adamant about his request to be released," Konco told his club's website.

"I must emphasise though, that through negotiations for him to extend his stay and his ultimate decision to depart, there was no bad blood but rather amicable discussions through his manager.

“We therefore wish him all the best for his future endeavours and wholeheartedly thank him for his professional conduct and contribution towards the Celtic brand.”

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Ndengane could now join Pirates before January; however, he could only be eligible for registration in the January transfer window, unless the club seeks an exemption from SAFA and/or FIFA given Celtic's financial circumstances.