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Manzini’s stay at Chippa extended; Mtsweni and Ndulula look to depart

BY MARC JACOBSON - JANUARY 10, 2017
Manzini’s stay at Chippa extended; Mtsweni and Ndulula look to depart

With a one-year arrangement on a two-year deal signed in July 2015, Chippa United striker, Lerato Manzini, has had his one-year option rendered as from 7th January at the Port Elizabeth side after the conclusion of the current season.

This means that Manzini’s tenure at the Chilli Boys has been extended and joins the likes of Rhulani and Thami Sangweni, who also form part of Coach Dan Malesela’s plans in committing themselves to the club.

Further talks are due to take place regarding Manzini’s contractual extension at the end of the season, regardless that the one-year option was already implemented.

“His contract was ending at the end of this season. It had a one-year option and the club exercised that one-year option today. But we will go back to the tables for discussions at the end of the season, because this one-year option that was exercised was the only option that was left, but both sides are happy,” Lizwe Mthethwa, Manzini’s agent told KickOff.

So far in five league starts this season, Manzini has scored three goals and provided one assist, as he begins to form sternly part of Chippa’s mould, after arriving at the club from Bloemfontein Celtic in mid-2015.

“I’m happy that he’s focused at Chippa United. I felt at the beginning he needed a chance because if you remember when he was at Celtic under Clinton Larsen he was performing well," Mthethwa added.

The Chilli Boys have already released Simphiwe Mtsweni from their ranks, with Bongani Ndulula set to join him.

Chippa are currently 11th on the overall ABSA Premiership table and will play their first match after the Christmas break and transfer window against the last-placed Baroka FC at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 19:30.  

Image: Lerato Manzini.