It can now be revealed the reasons behind Kaizer Chiefs' decision against retaining veteran defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele as the squad undergoes a major overhaul.
Mphahlele’s release was only confirmed on Tuesday along with that of Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya whose departure has always been expected considering the input he has had at Chiefs.
Earlier in June, Amakhosi released Daniel Akpeyi, Daniel Cardoso, Dumisani Zuma, Kearyn Baccus, Lazarous Kambole, Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Bernard Parker and Lebogang Manyama while Kenyan midfielder Teddy Akumu was transfer listed.
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Information reaching this website is that Mphahlele was offloaded following protracted negotiations regarding his future at the club.
The 32-year-old had an option for an extension for an additional season on his contract after renewing his stay at the club in 2021.
It is that additional option that the club has since decided against exercising.
What was considered firstly in terms of Mphahlele's stay were his earnings compared to other players competing in the same position.
Chiefs possess Reeve Frosler and Njabulo Blom as options at right-back, while Siyabonga Ngezana can also fill in as a makeshift full-back if required.
New versatile signings Dillon Solomons and Zitha Kwinika could also very well similarly fill in at fullback.
Kwinika and Ngezana can also function in the heart of the defence where Mphahlele also has featured in the latter years of his career.
All five players are younger and earn less than Mphahlele, so it made financial sense for the club to reach its decision to offload the veteran defender.
Mphahlele though is admired within the corridors of Naturena for his professionalism and example set for his younger teammates.
Mphahlele has also been the captain of every club that he has represented due to his leadership qualities.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender broke through into the professional ranks as a teenager 15 years ago at Moroka Swallows before starring at The Brazilians and the University of Pretoria.
'Rama' featured for Chiefs over a six-year period and will sure to attract the interest of several top-flight clubs.