Absa Premiership club Bloemfontein Celtic has confirmed the release of defender Bulelani Alfred Ndengane, who has recently been linked with a move to Orlando Pirates.
Siwelele released a statement saying the defender has been released from his contract after failing to change Ndengane’s mind.
“It is incredibly painful losing a player of Ndengane’s calibre; however, after speaking to him for months trying to convince him to stay, we realised he was adamant about his request to be released,’’ Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco said on the club’s website.
The defender is now a free agent and can hold talks with any club interested in acquiring his services.
Konco continued: “I must emphasise though, that through negotiations for him to extend his stay and his ultimate decision to depart, there was no bad blood, but rather amicable discussions through his manager.”
“We, therefore, wish him all the best for his future endeavours and wholeheartedly thank him for his professional conduct and contribution towards the brand Celtic.”
In addition, Konco also announced that defender Tshepo Rikhotso has extended his stay at the club after signing a three-year deal with an option of a further year.
“He [Rikhotso] was matured and introduced to professional football by Celtic and we were happy when he, through his manager, committed to the team until 2023. In football, you lose some, but we must always try to keep the core of the team intact,” Konco concluded.
According to local reports of last month, Pirates is set to complete the signature of Ndengane after the Buccaneers missed out on long-term target Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana.