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Reported Orlando Pirates target Alfred Ndengane can only play football in January 2019

9:47 pm AEST 3/10/18
Alfred Ndengane of Bloemfontein Celtic
Ndengane may have been promised a better deal elsewhere, but according to Fifa rules, he will be eligible to sign with a team of his choice next year

Following his release from Bloemfontein Celtic on Monday, defender-cum-midfielder Alfred Ndengane is now a free agent. 

However, he can only return to competitive football in January next year as he parted ways with Phunya Sele Sele outside the transfer window, according to Fifa rules.  

This means that Ndengane will spend the next three months without kicking a ball despite having started the current campaign so well under the tutelage of Steve Komphela. 

Ndengane (31) won the Player of the Month award for August after playing a crucial role in helping Celtic set the PSL alight in the opening few matches the season. 

He left Celtic having made 138 appearances in all official competitions. Ndengane scored five goals in the process.  

The utility player has been linked with a possible move to Orlando Pirates, who are yet to confirm their interest in his services. 

As things stand, Pirates have no less than eight defenders on their books, and it remains to be seen if Ndengane will end up at the Houghton-based side come January 2019. 

Should he end up signing for the Sea Robbers, Ndengane will reunite with his former Celtic teammate Musa Nyatama, who moved to the Soweto giants at the start of last term. 

With Ndengane no longer a Celtic player, the Bloemfontein-based side is also likely to lose Lorenzo Gordinho when the mid-season transfer window opens. 

Gordinho joined Phunya Sele Sele on a one-year loan deal from Kaizer Chiefs at the start of the year, and while the Soweto giants wanted him back before the start of the season, the centre-back remained in the Free State after the club refused to release him. 

Komphela will hope to find suitable replacements for the two players when the transfer window opens on January 1, 2019, although those are expected to be less known players given Celtic's financial troubles of late.