Manqele lines up Turkish option

Manqele was released by Kaizer Chiefs in April following a difficult 19 months during which he scored just once, with his last appearance coming in December against one of his former clubs Chippa United.

“He [Manqele] might be leaving for Turkey,” confirms his representative Mike Ngobeni.

“There is a Turkish second-tier league club keen to have a look at him which could provide the kind of environment that he needs at this stage of his career. Truth be told there is not so much of a headache with him because he is a striker and we have other good leads locally. For now he is in the gym with a personal trainer because as you know we also have to watch his weight. He will eventually be ready to start playing football again in July but might leave for an assessment in Turkey within the next two weeks. He is showing good progress, training hard and looking forward to the next stop of his career.

“With regards to Chiefs he obviously feels he wasn’t given a fair chance but then with the way he is working now he will soon be back doing what is expected of him. There is no doubt about his ability as a striker, he needs to be in a suitable environment. This Turkish team has ambition and should suit him in a lot of aspects, I just cannot make public the name of the team for now,” says Ngobeni.

Manqele has also previously played for Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows and has five Bafana Bafana caps to his name.