It has been coming along for the last few weeks, and now it has been confirmed – Hendrick ‘Pule’ Ekstein has had his contract terminated by Kaizer Chiefs.
The 28-year-old midfielder has been rumoured to be leaving the Amakhosi after being unable to agree to a contract extension at Naturena.
This led to him being left out of the Chiefs team for two matches – against Black Leopards and last Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semi-final win over Chippa United.
Ekstein was back in the starting line-up in the 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows on Tuesday, so it appeared as if the matter had been resolved, especially as coach Ernst Middendorp was a known admirer.
But Chiefs dropped the bombshell late on Thursday afternoon, announcing that Ekstein was no longer part of the club.