Josta Dladla's future at Chiefs remains in the balance

Dladla faces a bleak future as his drug case appears to be taking longer than expected, and AmaKhosi could be forced to let him go at the end of his contract in June
By Ernest Makhaya

Goal can confirm that Josta Dladla's future at Kaizer Chiefs remains in serious jeopardy as he's still investigated for allegedly using a banned substance called Methylhexaneamine.

The veteran midfielder's current deal will expire at the of June this year, and the club is yet to engage in talks with him regarding a possible extension.

Dladla was set to get a one-year extension to his existing contract until he was tested positive for the substance, and the club decided to suspend contract negotiations.

The 34-year-old former Sundowns utility player is still training with the rest of his teammates, but he cannot play in official games until his name is cleared.

At this stage, AmaKhosi cannot risk renewing his contract as it is unknown how long his case will last, and therefore Dladla could be out in the cold next season.

Dladla has a special relationship with coach Stuart Baxter, who has often described him as "the Ryan Giggs of Kaizer Chiefs", and there's no doubt that his contract could have long been renewed.

The defending champions have just renewed Siyabonga Nkosi's contract while a few other players including Eric Mathoho and Willard Katsande committed themselves to the club a while back.

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