Black leopards stand the chance of losing their star midfielder soon. Siphelele Ntshangase is back from injury and more than ready to play his football again. Before his injury, Ntshangase was part of Bafana Bafana and the national under 23 side.
One of the NFD’s shining stars of recent years, Siphelele Ntshangase, could finally be set to realise his dream of playing in the PSL in the upcoming months. In recent seasons, the attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Mzansi’s big guns, including Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, and now Ntshangase is nearing the end of his contract with Black Leopards.
Despite playing in the second tier of South African football, Ntshangase played a part in both the Bafana Bafana set-up and the SA national U23 team, before he was disrupted by a career-threatening injury.
The 23-year-old has since recovered and is back on the field for Leopards, though his future with the club is uncertain. His contact with Lidoda Duvha will expire at the end of the 2017/18 season and, according to a source close to the player, it seems as though he will not extend his spell with them.
“It’s highly likely that Siphelele will leave Black Leopards on a free. He’s got one season left (after this campaign) on his contract with the club. Leopards had a chance to make good business out of the player, but that hasn’t happened up until now.
“As things stand, he is set to walk out without the club getting anything for him, should he come to the end of his contract, and time is running out for the club to cash in on the player. Another challenge for the club (Leopards) is that other clubs might not be willing to pay a lot of money for the player now, as he is finding his way back after injury,” said the source.
“Unfortunately, at the moment we haven’t got any offers that we can talk about regarding Siphelele. He’s still our player. You must know that these rumours have been doing the rounds for a very long time. I have always said that until there is a firm offer on the table, we will be open to everyone that Siphelele is available on sale or say he has been bought by so and so. As for now, he is a Black Leopards player and he is doing his best to contribute in the team. If there is interest from anywhere, the team will look into it and decide if we can release him. It won’t only be about the team (Leopards), but it will be also be about Siphelele and if he thinks a move will do him good,” said Ramunenyiwa.
About possibly losing the attack-minded player on a free, the Lidoda Duvha official told our source, “If a team really need a player, regardless of him being Ntshangase, why would they have to wait for three years before making a deal on him? Siphelele is still young and he’s got a lot of football ahead of him. We have seen a lot of moves where players moved before time and disappear within a short space of time. Furthermore, if a team can wait for three years for your contract to expire, it means that, that team does not value you. If I were a player I wouldn’t go there.”