Chippa give up on Leopards midfielder

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Nange has been sidelined at Leopards after he signed a pre-contract with Bidvest Wits and he is unlikely to feature again for the club this season, so Chippa were offering him a chance to play some football on loan until the end of the season.

“The thing is he is not clued up when it comes to the rules. He does not know what’s the meaning of pre-contract. He thinks us having him for the next six months will affect him after the 1st of July, so he is just lost there. So I think he has decided not to kick a ball until August [when he joins Wits],” Mammila tells KickOff.com.

“I told him ‘it’s clear that you are not going to play [at Leopards] and you will only play in August [for Wits]. We were giving him a chance to play. Actually it’s a family thing because I spoke to his father as well and he thinks it will affect Nange’s move to Wits. So I think it’s best for me to leave it.”

Leopards coach Dylan Kerr further confirmed that Nange would remain at the club until he joins Wits at the end of the season, while emphasising that there is no bad blood between them.
 
“Phathu is staying, he’s staying with me until he moves on to Wits. I’ve been asked numerous times, why he’s not playing; is he out of favour; am I angry that he’s signed for Wits – no, he’s still a Black Leopards player,” said Kerr.
 
“Players have freedom of contract now, they have power. Well, agents have more power because they dictate what a player doesn’t know. The player doesn’t dictate himself but he listens to people on the outside that give him either good or bad advice.
 
“Only time will tell whether it goes one way or the other. But Nange is an integral part of the team, he’s just got to keep working hard and what I like about him is that his attitude is fantastic.
 
“He knows where I am with him; he knows where he is with me, and he’ll get into my team. When you’re in the team, make sure you perform and you stay in the team, and it’s then up to the other guys to work even harder to try and get in the team.”
 
By Tshepang Mailwane and Chad Klate

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