Wits forced to let go of midfield star

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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has explained why he has little control over Phumlani Ntshangase's future and has given him his backing to build his career elsewhere.

Ntshangase is set to see his long-standing marriage with Wits come to end, after six years since coming through the club's development, when his contract runs up this season.

He has spent the last two seasons away from the club on loan and currently finds himself at Maritzburg United, where it's expected he will pen a permanent deal after being issued an offer.

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Hunt, meanwhile, has confirmed that unfortunately they no longer have room for the 25-year-old, who helped them to their maiden Absa Premiership title in 2016/17.

"Ja, he's from Durban so I think he'll [want to stay in KZN]. Agh, you know, he was injured [for a period] and now he's playing a little bit, and obviously in centre-midfield we can't [give him game-time]," Hunt tells KickOff.com.

"We've got a lot of players there, so it's very difficult... You know, people forget about this, he was a centre-back until I played him in centre-midfield, now he's playing in centre-midfield.

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"But [at the time] I said to him he'll be far too short to play centre-back [in the PSL] – to be a real good centre-back, you need a little bit of height and a bit of [aerial] presence.

"He's a strong boy, and now he's made a career of playing centre-midfield. So, I got hammered a little bit [for letting him go], but he's certainly done well this season.

"Meanwhile, we've got Cole [Alexander], Thabang [Monare], Rowen [Human], Haashim [Domingo], we've got a lot in there, you know. It's no good bringing someone back just because of sentiment and then [they don't get to play]."

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