Bloemfontein Celtic refuse to release Kaizer Chiefs' Lorenzo Gordinho

Siwelele say they cannot be bullied by Amakhosi and are not ready to release Gordinho until the end of his loan deal

A battle has erupted between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs after Amakhosi signalled their intention to bring back defender Lorenzo Gordinho from Siwelele.

Chiefs wrote to Phunya Sele Sele last week requesting the centre-back's return to Naturena. But the Free State-based club is not ready to budge, saying they won't release the Bafana Bafana international.

According to the latest reports, Celtic's spokesperson Sello Nduna says they will not be dictated by a player after Gordinho wrote to the club expressing unhappiness in Mangaung.

Nduna said if the Soweto giants want Gordinho back, they must be prepared to part ways with midfielder Kabelo Mahlasela so the scale can be even because Gordinho's loan deal will expire in December this year.

“It’s true that Gordinho wrote a letter to tell us that he was unhappy and that he wanted to return to Chiefs. But we won’t be dictated to by a player,” Nduna told the Daily Sun.

“We got him on loan for one season and we won’t release him, that’s the bottom line. Then Chiefs have to bring Mahlasela back us, so that we can be even,” he added.

“Our advice to Chiefs is that they must wait for December and stop violating the agreement. They must respect the contract,” Nduna continued.

“It’s not like we stole Gordinho. We got him here legally. We released Mahlasela before the end of his contract and Chiefs offered us Gordinho on loan. We won’t be bullied into releasing the player,” said the spokesman

“Gordinho has been paid just like the other players. Whether he likes it or not, he’s our player and he’ll play for us,” concluded Nduna.

In addition, Nduna stressed that coach Steve Komphela is impressed with the defender's contribution so far as they have bagged three 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) wins and are yet to concede.

Moreover, the Soweto giants have conceded five goals in four PSL matches and are yet to win a league game. 

Gordinho is seen as a perfect solution for Chiefs' defensive shortcomings and the Italian manager wants the Johannesburg-born player to stabilise their last line of defence.


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