George Maluleka jumps ship to join rivals
Kaizer Chiefs have announced that George Maluleka will leave the club at the end of the season after signing a pre-contract with rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
In their bid to hold on to their senior players early this year, Chiefs announced that Willard Katsande, Bernard Park and Daniel Cardoso have agreed on contract extensions.
Meanwhile, Chiefs and Maluleka were said to be locked in negotiations for a contract extension as they were assessing a number of overseas-based interests.
Updates— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) March 11, 2020
The contract talks between Kaizer Chiefs and midfielder George ‘Mido’ Maluleka have reached an unexpected ending.
The Club offered the 31-year-old a two-year contract extension + one-year option to renew on his current contract, but he turned it down. #Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/WBRvveaF1Q
But in a twist, on Wednesday afternoon, Amakhosi released statement on their social media platforms saying, Maluleka - whose's contract was set to expire in June 2020, turned down a two-year contract extension plus a one-year option after confirming he’ll be a Sundowns player next season.
“The contract talks between Kaizer Chiefs and midfielder George ‘Mido’ Maluleka have reached an unexpected ending‚” a statement from Chiefs read.
“Kaizer Chiefs offered the 31-year-old a two-year contract extension + one-year option to renew on his current contract‚ but he turned it down.
“Following a string of negotiations‚ the player himself revealed to the club that he has signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Update:— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) March 11, 2020
Following a string of negotiations, the player himself revealed to the Club that he has signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Maluleka joined Kaizer Chiefs in January 2014 and his current contract is due to end on 30 June 2020. #Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/FwUn36ytLT
“Notably‚ Mamelodi Sundowns have not informed Chiefs about their engagements with George Maluleka as protocol dictates.”
Amakhosi, who top the table, made this announcement after being at loggerheads with Sundowns , who are defending champions and second on standings, for the Premiership title.
It remains to be seen whether Ernst Middendorp will drop “Mido” in the last stretch of the season, especially with the two teams still to square off in what could be the decider of the Premiership title race in April.
To add, Chiefs’ shocking revelation follows Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane declaring - during the post-match press conference of their 3-1 aggregate loss to Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League quarter-finals – he has already bolstered the squad with three top signings for next signings.