Thuso Phala's Black Leopards adventure has not gone according to plan, and his future appears to be decided already.
According to a reliable source close to the former Bafana Bafana international, he is no longer happy at the club due to his lack of game-time and will not extend his contract beyond the current season
The 33-year-old winger arrived at Lidoda Duvha at the beginning of the 2019/20 season as a free agent after parting ways SuperSport United but has only made 13 appearances in total.
"No, no, no, he's leaving. Remember he signed one year. Ja he only signed for a year," the source tells KickOff.com.
"You don't have to go to intelligence school, everything is written on the wall you know. The writing is there, he's leaving at the end of the season."
"It depends on Leopards. No one knows. Remember, teams have their own policies. You can't change teams' policies, you can't change chairmen's minds, they have rights. Remember, they are the one who are paying salaries.
"Thuso won't quit the club, he's a professional player. He must honour his contract anyway. His contract expires at the end of the season. We don't see him on the bench, we don't see him in the starting line-up, but he is training every day. He honours his obligations, he trains with the team every day.
"Thuso still has two more years to offer you know, but the differences of personal things is what is killing our football today. When Leopards wanted Thuso, remember he had other offers, he had good offers but Thuso felt that he wanted to play where he would be able to play every day and up his game. He opted for Leopards.
"No one knew that after three, four months tables will change [turn]. We didn't know that. But at the end of the day chairmen are the ones who are paying salaries, they are the ones who will fire coaches, who will instruct coaches to play this one and not play this one, you know."
According to Leopards general manager Elijah Mulaudzi, it's the technical team who determines who plays in which matches.
"I know nothing about that. I don't even attend some of the training sessions. The technical teams knows," Mulaudzi says.
"They are ones who have been given a mandate to deal with players, in terms of who to field, who not to field, we don't have any opinion. We just receive the team.
"They do whatever they want to do with the players, then they submit it to the office. That's how we operate at Black Leopards."