Wits release Ngcepe

The former teenage prodigy is again in the football wilderness just a day after his 26th birthday.

Wits, who have confirmed his departure, had offered him a surprise chance to revive a dormant career at the start of the season when Hunt hauled him back from years without playing professionally.

Ngcepe started the MTN8 semifinal against Ajax Cape Town and also a league match against Free State Stars in the opening weeks of the campaign but failed to make any impression and soon slipped down the pecking order.

Hunt has showed a loyalty to many past players with Dane Klate, Elias Pelembe and Bongani Khumalo among those reviving past relationships with him at Wits this season.

The coach’s relationship with Ngcepe goes back to their time at Moroka Swallows where the striker came on for his Swallows debut when he was five days shy of his 17th birthday in 2007.

He started only a handful of games for the Birds but did earn a Nedbank Cup winner's medal after coming on a substitute in the 2009 final win over the University of Pretoria.

Hunt took him to SuperSport United soon after but Ngcepe only ever played as a substitute and did not score any goals.

The club let him go in mid-2011 after which he spent one year out of the game before Sivutsa Stars signed him to play in the National First Division two seasons ago, albeit for a brief spell.