DURBAN – Former Kaizer Chiefs duo Kingston Nkhatha and Tetu Mashamaite have been send packing by SuperSport United.
Nkhatha and Mashamaite enjoyed a successful stint at Amakhosi, winning two Absa Premiership titles with Stuart Baxter during their time at the club. Nkhatha (32) joined Amatsatsantsa A Pitori in 2015 while Mashamaite penned the deal with the Pretoria club in 2016.
Mashamaite's stay with United has been hampered by injuries and he only made four league appearances this season.
On the other hand, Nkatha played 15 matches in all competitions and failed to find the back of the net.
United Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stan Matthews confirmed that the club opted not to renew the contracts of Nkhatha and Mashamiate, saying: "Kingston and Masha are leaving the club. We didn't renew their contracts.”
“We need to find their replacements. Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) and Morgan (Gould) are staying. Denwin Farmer is joining Maritzburg United on a permanent deal.”
He went on to say: “James Keene has also joined us. We wanted to sign him in January but Jose Ferriera (Wits CEO) said no. We lost Jeremy (Brockie who joined Mamelodi Sundowns) and Bradley (Grobler who was ruled out of the season with an injury).”
“Jose asked us to do the deal at the end of the season when they are in a better position. He is my friend and former colleague, so I respected that," explained Matthews.
Matthews also confirmed that they had interest in Andile Jali but his demands are beyond their budget.
"I don't think there's a club who wouldn't want to sign Jali. He is fantastic footballer. Yes, I did call his agent (Mike Makaab) to inquire about his situation, but we can't afford him. His demands are too steep for us," Matthews explained.
Kaizer Chiefs are currently leading the race for Jali's signature but Mamelodi Sundowns want to counter their offer.