Kaizer Chiefs have three players nearing the end of their contracts with the club and may look to ramp up negotiations to retain them for next season.
Chiefs are currently under a FIFA transfer ban for the upcoming July/August and the following January windows, for which they await an outcome on appeal with the Court of Arbitrations for Sport.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAS has postponed all in-person hearing until at least 1 May 2020, depending on how the spread of the virus is curbed.
With more important matters such as the current PSL season being suspended until further notice, the club may be reconsidering whether or not to let go of these players.
Leonardo Castro, Siphelele Ntshangase and Joseph Molangoane will all see their deals with the club running out at the end of June, and are currently in a position to sign a pre-contract elsewhere – just as George Maluleka recently did with Mamelodi Sundowns.
But with the option of transfers currently hanging by a thread, Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung may need to get his check book out in order to ensure their squad does not diminish for the 2020/21 season, which, as things stand, will see the club compete on the continent.
Though the likes of Molangoane and Ntshangase are not in coach Ernst Middendorp’s plans, as suggested by their lack of opportunity this season, their experience and understanding of current systems in place in the team could be utilised at some point next season.
Ultimately, it’s a tough predicament The Glamour Boys find themselves in with 30 June closing in quickly, and the players growing increasingly eager to move on.