PIRATES’ MHANGO COULD JUMP SHIP

ORLANDO Pirates run the risk of losing striker Gabadinho Mhango who scored twice for his country Malawi when they beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Saturday, for free.

Mhango, who shared the PSL’s Golden Boot with Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile in the 2019-20 season, will see his current deal with Bucs end on 30 June.

The former Bidvest Wits forward, who joined the club in 2019, is not alone in seeing his future uncertain at Pirates, as Happy Jele’s deal will also expire at the end of the season.

However, Jele at 35, has seen his future decided at the end of the season with Pirates offering him a rolling contract.

Mhango is believed to be sought after by an avalanche of unnamed club locally and on the continent.

It is the same situation with Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kearyn Baccus, Reeve Frosler, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Daniel Akpeyi, Lazalous Kambole, Bernard Parker and Samir Nurkovic, who all see their contracts expire this season.

Parker, like Jele, has been handed a rolling contract based on his performances in recent seasons.

SunSport sources alleges that Parker is set to remain with Chiefs and will be given a new one-year deal.

It is the same with Akpeyi and Ntiya-Ntiya, who will be given new deals, with the latter suddenly enjoying the upturn of fortune after Sifiso Hlanti suffered a long-term injury.

Long-serving Itumeleng Khune, Khama Billiat, Eric Mathoho, Hlanti, Happy Mashiane, Njabulo Blom, Teddy Akumu, Phathutshedzo Nange, Lebohang Manyama, will see their deals expire in 2023.

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