Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Edward Manqele seals Free State Stars return

Manqele had been training with Stars for the past two months, and Luc Eymael is convinced that he can deliver given a chance at the Bethlehem club

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Edward Manqele has completed his move to Free State Stars.

The 30-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option to renew for a further year, his agent Michael Ngobeni confirmed to Goal

"He has signed. It's a one-year [deal] plus a one-year option," Ngobeni told Goal.  

Ngobeni thanked Ea Lla Koto for giving the former Bafana Bafana frontman the chance to revive his career, saying both parties are happy with the deal. 

"We thank Rantsi Mokoena for giving us the opportunity as M-Sports Management, and for giving Jabu the opportunity. We are happy; the player is happy and he's itching to play, and the club is happy - both parties are excited. We wish the best all the best at Free State Stars," he added.  

Manqele began his professional career at Free State Stars five years ago, where he caught the attention of Mamelodi Sundowns and Chiefs among other big teams.

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However, his career took a nosedive soon after completing his move to the Brazilians as he struggled to cement his place in the team. 

He then moved to Chippa United, before Amakhosi snatched him on a two-year at the beginning of 2015/16 campaign. 

Manqele's contract with Chiefs was terminated by mutual consent in April 2017, as it became evident that Steve Komphela had lost faith in his ability as a player.