Goal can exclusively reveal that the majority of the players who were released by Kaizer Chiefs still consider themselves a part of the club, as they are waiting for their financial demands to be met.
Amakhosi released a statement that they had terminated the contracts of Siyanda Xulu, Camaldine Abraw, Lewis Macha and Lucky Baloyi by mutual consent, but Goal has discovered that it is not actually correct.
According to a source within the Chiefs camp, the club is yet to reach an agreement with some of these players, who had between a year and three-year running contracts.
The source said Chiefs released the statement about terminating their players’ contracts by ‘mutual consent’ prematurely, but said the players in question will remain at Naturena unless the club put a deal that is reasonable to them.
“At this stage, nothing is happening. Some of these which I am not going mention haven’t left the club and they will not leave the club unless they have a deal put forward by the club,” the source told Goal.
“You’d remember that these players have existing contracts… some have got a year and others even more – forget those whose contracts are expiring at the end of the month. So, it’s not easy to just dismiss them and hand them their clearances with a month salary or something like that,” added the source.
“These players were on good packages, and the club has to do right by them. They released that statement prematurely, because it is incorrect to say the contracts were terminated by ‘mutual consent’ when actually nothing has been agreed on,” concluded the source.
Baloyi signed a new two-year deal with Chiefs in February this year, while Xulu had three more years left on the contract he signed when he first joined the club in June 2015.
Zambian forward Macha, had a year remaining on his deal with Amakhosi before the club announced his ‘departure’, with Abraw also having one more year left on his contract.