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Unhappy Black Leopards players free to leave club amid Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs interest

15:51 EAT 03/06/2018
Joseph Mhlongo, Black Leopards & Clint Fredericks, Ubuntu Cape Town, February 2018
The Lidoda Duvha boss confirmed that Masutha will be in charge of the team next season

Black Leopards club chairman David Thidiela has made it clear that unhappy players are free to leave the newly promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) side.

Lidoda Duvha secured promotion to the top flight league after finishing second on the 2017/18 National First Division (NFD) standings and they went on to win the 2017/18 PSL promotional/relegation playoffs.

Some of the Limpopo-based club’s best players from the recent season have attracted interest from the biggest football clubs in the country ahead of the PSL July-August transfer window. 

Meschack Maphangule, whose contract with Leopards is due to expire at the end of next month, has been linked with both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates

As Goal previously reported, Pirates are close to beating their Soweto rivals to the player’s signature as the Buccaneers prepare for next season’s Caf Champions League and PSL campaign. 

Joseph Mhlongo is another Leopards player, who has been linked with Chiefs. The forward is said to have impressed Amakhosi scouts during the recent playoffs and the PSL giants are expected to make a bid for the well-travelled player.

However, Thidiela remains hopeful that they will retain the services of their key players as they have begun contract renewal talks with some of them. 

“Our policy is clear: whoever wants to leave must leave because we don’t want to keep players who are not happy,” Thidiela told City Press. 

“If a player wants to go and destroy his career, he is free to do so - but he mustn’t come crying back to us,” he continued.

The Leopards club boss went on to confirm that the team head coach Joel Masutha was also going to be retained.

“There is no reason to chase him away. He has delivered. He is going nowhere,” Thidiela concluded.

Masutha was appointed Leopards coach following the dismissal of Belgian tactician Ivan Minnaert last December.