With two months to go before the curtain comes down on the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign, clubs are starting to prepare for the new term by releasing players who they deem not good enough and not in their plans going forward.
At SuperSport United, it’s the tale of two Thabos, with both Thabo Qalinge and Thabo Nyamane set to be released from their contracts come June.
‘Section 10’ has struggled to make an impact since joining Matsatsantsa from Orlando Pirates at the beginning of the season, playing just 82 minutes of football for the Tshwane giants, which has subsequently prompted SuperSport not to extend his stay for next season.
Mnyamane, 27, has had a great career with the defending MTN8 champions since making a name for himself via Varsity football, but his progress was halted by an injury this term, and he has never really been the same player ever since.
SuperSport CEO confirmed that both players will not receive contract renewals, saying: “Yes, at the end of their contracts they will be released,” Matthews told KickOff.com.
Qalinge, 28, is represented by legendary Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Stanton “Stiga” Fredericks who seemed surprise with news that his client was on the chopping block.
“No sir, we have no comment so far, nothing has been confirmed, ” Stiga said.
“I don’t know where you got confirmation but until we hear from anybody, we will then take it from there.”
Both players still have plenty of football left in them to offer with age still very much on their side, and it’s not yet known where they will be headed next.