Platinum Stars yet to open talks with Benson Mhlongo

Goal caught up with Platinum Stars' Benson Mhlongo, who revealed that he is unsure if he will be offered a new deal at the club when his contract expires in June
By Ernest Makhaya

Goal can confirm that former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Benson Mhlongo faces an uncertain future at Platinum Stars as he is yet to hear if his contract will be renewed beyond June 2014.

Mhlongo has been with Dikwena for the past two seasons following a remarkable return to football after recovering from a career-threatening injury that he suffered while still at Pirates.

"My contract is coming to an end in June," Mhlongo told Goal. "No one has spoken to me whether I will be offered a new deal or not, but I'll accept whatever happens when that time arrives at the end of the season," he said.

The veteran player didn't want to be drawn into whether he wants to renew his stay at Stars or not, saying that he will leave the club to decide his fate in the upcoming weeks.

"It's not up to me to say whether I want to stay or leave the club. Only the coach and the management can decide if my services are still required here, but I'll just have to wait and see," he added.

Mhlongo, who had a verbal altercation with coach Allan Freese a few weeks ago, said that he cannot conclude if he is still wanted at the club, but he has vowed to continue giving his best in the colours of Dikwena until he's told otherwise.

"I don't read too much into how people are around me, because I don't want to make any incorrect conclusions. So, until then I will continue to give my best and fight for this club," Mhlongo revealed.

The former Bafana international, who turns 34 later this year, also revealed that he has not thought about hanging his boots as he still has a lot to offer South African football.

"I have not thought about retiring. I still have a lot to offer to this beautiful game. I still have a few seasons to play. I love this game and I will always give my best whenever I am given a chance to play," concluded Mhlongo.

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