Ex-Bucs, Downs stars' deals terminated


South African duo Jabulani Shongwe and Mahlatsi Makudubela have had their contracts with Georgian side FC Gagra terminated.

The two players signed two-year deals with the second division club in November last year but saw their stay cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The guys are back, because when this corona thing started over there in early January they were not sure whether the season will continue or not around March," their representative Lebo 'Guluva' Mashishi explains to KickOff.com.

"So what has happened is, most of the clubs didn't have money because they lost the TV rights, because there was no football. Most of them are only getting money from TV rights you see.

"Most teams were going bankrupt so what they had to do was to release all the foreigners. We are going to have to wait maybe for next season because even this season they only started playing two weeks ago.

"So they are not even going to complete the entire season. Instead of playing I think 32 games, they are only going to play half of it. Ja, we had to cancel the contracts by mutual consent. We had to compromise at the end of the day because they were also complaining about money, that there was no money.

"So as soon as things go back to normal maybe then we can renegotiate everything. It's terminated, they are free agents right now."

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According to Mashishi, Shongwe and Makudubela are now looking for employment either in the Premier Soccer League or the GladAfrica Championship.

"Ja, so now we are looking for local offers. If ever we find something locally for them we'll exercise it, why not? Because we don't know when the situation will change, it's like nobody knows when this thing will be over you see," he explains.

"So you can't sit around and hope for something that you are not sure about. If ever a local offer comes, they are willing to take it. What is important is for the guys to play. That's the most important thing.

"Irrespective of whether it will be PSL or NFD, what's important for them is playing so that they can regain their confidence. You can't be too picky right now, especially in this situation that we are facing of Covids and everything."

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