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Nale spent last season on loan at Aces and he's now a free agent, but AmaZayoni need to pay a fee to Chiefs for the player to be theirs, Goal can confirm

By Ernest Makhaya
Goal can exclusively confirm that Mpumalanga Black Aces have not lost hope in acquiring the services of midfielder Abia Nale.
However, it has now emerged that Kaizer Chiefs need a certain fee, as per the initial agreement, from Aces in order to allow Nale to sign for them on a permanent basis, although the player was declared a free agent on July 1, 2014.
Goal contacted AmaZayoni's PRO Gordon Masondo, who admitted that there are complications that have delayed Nale from putting pen to paper, but didn't want to go into details.
"Nale is in Nelspruit with the team because the club wants to keep him and for now there's really nothing new with regard to his contract until the club returns to Joburg for the Charity Showdown on Saturday," Masondo told Goal.
"That's what you guys know, but it's not like that, although I cannot go into details for the sake of the club and your reputation. So, rather let's talk sometime next week when everything has been finalised.
"Even with (Miguel) Timm we had to wait. So, the same applies to Nale's situation," added Masondo.
Clive Barker was also adamant that Nale will be on their books before the start of the new season, while confirming that the club directors are doing all they can to sign the former Golden Arrows man.
"We have met with Abia's uncle and we are still talking to him for the player to eventually sign for Aces," Barker told Goal. 
"I don't know about the technicalities of his contract and whether Chiefs are involved but whatever it is that delays this deal, is dealt with by our directors," he said.
Goal has now learnt that AmaKhosi are not necessarily looking for cash from Aces, but they want to include Nale as part of the deal that will see them sign Thabo Qalinge.
Chiefs had an option to renew Nale's contract which they didn't exercise, as Aces didn't express their desire to offer the Sebokeng-born player a permanent contract.

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