Kaizer Motaung discusses departure of Kaizer Chiefs trio

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Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has explained the reason behind the club’s decision to release three players this week.

Chiefs on Thursday announcement the mutual termination of three first team players’ contracts with immediate effect, despite having four games left in the season.

These include fan favourite Hendrick Pule Ekstein, Venezuelan striker Gustavo Paez and academy graduate Kgotso Malope.

Ekstein’s release came as somewhat of a surprise, given his prominent role in the team of late under coach Ernst Middendorp, but following a breakdown in contract renewal negotiations, it was expected that he would not remain at Naturena beyond June.

Meanwhile, both Paez and Malope have made minimal impact in recent months and were both set to see their contracts come to an end in two months’ time anyway.

But nonetheless, Motaung has assured that there were no hard feelings in their early separation with the trio.

“When we sign players, we do so with the best of intentions. Bringing in any player at Chiefs is with a view for a successful partnership,” ‘Bobsteak’ told his club’s website.

“But sometimes things don’t work as planned. I wish the players all of the best going forward in their new endeavours.”

A number of Chiefs players’ futures are still under scrutiny, with the likes of Bongolethu Jayiya, Emmanuel Letlotlo and Ryan Moon’s current deals running out in June, and further announcement are still expected.

“It is a norm that at the end of the season [that] we will consolidate all the technical reports and decide on the way forward for next season,” Motaung added.

“All other player movements will be announced in due course.”