Black Leopards team manager Eric Muneri has confirmed this week to one of South African newspapers know as iDiski Times that the Motsepe Foundation Championship side have suspended Siphelele Ntshangase from training.
The manager did not reveal the reasons on why this action was taken, saying it is “confidential matters”. It has been reported in the media that the former Baroka FC and Kaizer Chiefs man is in trouble because of discipline issues.
Stash, as the midfielder is affectionately known, re-joined Leopards in January 2023 after going a year without playing competitive football.
Before that he endured an unsuccessful four year stint at Chiefs, which saw his contract terminated under unfavourable circumstances. He later joined Marumo Gallants but only made three appearances.
After joining Leopards, Ntshangase told iDiski Times in January that he wanted to use the opportunity to “be Michael Jackson again“, but things seemingly didn’t work out, with his appearance coming from 18 March against Casric Stars.
Muneri has now confirmed to this publication that the former South Africa junior international has been suspended from training for three weeks. However, he insisted only club chairman David Thidiela could confirm whether the player’s contract has been torn up as well.
“From the technical side we have laid him off from training but as far as his contract is concerned then you need to talk to the chairman,” Muneri told iDiski Times.
“We have laid him off from training, it is confidential matters. I learned that now people are talking about his contract but that will be sorted out with the old man.
“This is the third week he has been laid off.”
Meanwhile Lidoda Duvha still have all to do in their fight for survival in the promotional league as they currently sit second from bottom on the log with 21 points, six points from safety with four matches left to play.
Retired PSL star Christopher Netshidzivhe did send an advice to ex-Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase earlier this year. Here is what he said;
“At least he seems to have learned where he is coming from. He now needs to share his experiences with these youngsters at the club on how to play or how to behave outside. He is a lovely boy, who still has a lot to offer,” said Netshidzivhe.
“What he has gone through is normal but he needs to take this opportunity at Leopards with both hands and anything is possible in life.
“If he is facing challenges (outside of football) he needs to be open with the chairman (David Thidiela),” he added.
“There is no one who can claim that Thidiela has never given them attention. He just despises lies.”
Even former Kaizer Chiefs FC winger Junior Khanye, also sent a message or an advise to Ntshangase back in 2021.
Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye said Siphelele Ntshangase does not have a future at Naturena and believes the playmaker must leave the club. He is what he said;
“There is no doubt that he is a highly talented player‚ but I think going to Chiefs was a wrong move from the beginning‚ considering the coach that was there at the time‚” said Khanye.
“My advice to him and his agent is to look for a team like AmaZulu‚ Chippa United‚ Celtic or Black Leopards because he will fit in there like a glove to hand and there is less pressure.
“He can even go back to Baroka because those coaches there also believe in ball players. To be honest‚ he doesn’t have a future at Chiefs because he has been sitting there for a long time and nothing has happened.”
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