Royal Eagles is set to let four players go in January. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

DURBAN – National First Division outfit, Royal Eagles, have deemed four players surplus to requirements.

The club’s general manager, James Dlamini, confirmed that they have “released” Dumisani Tau, Bongani Chikila, Lungelo Dlamini and Lewis Macha.

Macha arrived in South Africa with huge expectations two seasons ago when he joined Kaizer Chiefs, but failed to live up to his billing as he only lasted at the Soweto club for six months.

The Zambian international had a brief spell with Baroka, but failed to impress there either.

“Lungelo Dlamini, Bongani Chikila, Lewis Macha and Dumsani Tau doesn’t form the part of the technical team's plans going forward. So, we’ve decided to give them a break until we finalise the terminations with them. Obviously we can’t terminate now because the transfer window is not opened. We will continue to pay them and see how can we reach an agreement in January,“ Dlamini stated.

Royal Eagles players react after winning the 2018 Engen Knockout Challenge match against AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida on 15 July 2018. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Royal Eagles players react after winning the 2018 Engen Knockout Challenge match against AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida on 15 July 2018. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Tau is the elder brother of Bafana Bafana star, Percy Tau who is plying his trade in Belgium. Lungelo is on loan from AmaZulu, but has failed to make an impact since his arrival at the club.

“We want to reduce the number in our squad. We also did the same thing when Zipho Dlangalala arrived at the club last season. They have not been axed because they are still contracted to the club but we’ve excused them from the team because they don’t feature in our plans going forward,” Dlamini said.

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Eagles are currently without a coach as Roger Sikhakhane is still recovering at home from a minor operation.

Former Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi was suspended last week.

Sazi Ngubane took over the coaching reins over weekend as his side drew 0-0 in his first game in charge of the team against TS Galaxy at Chatsworth Stadium.

When asked about Dikgacoi, Dlamini replied: “We haven’t made a decision as yet.” 


The Mercury