Defender’s Contract Explained Amid Reported Bucs Deal
Ayabulela Konqobe’s Father Confirms New Club For The Defender
Ayabulela Konqobe is set to appear in the colours of Chippa United and not any other club, according to his father.
The Siya crew broke the news on the Soccer Laduma website last week that Konqobe has signed a deal with Chippa United. Reports in local media have since suggested that the player has allegedly signed two other contracts, with Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates respectively.
However, the reports have been dismissed by the player’s father. Speaking to the Siya crew, the former South Africa U20 captain’s father, Velile Konqobe, confirmed that his son has signed a contract with only Chippa and not any other club.
According to Konqobe senior, the reports linking the centre back with other clubs surfaced after he terminated his son’s contract with local football agent Abbie Rasimphi.
“If you are talking about Abbie, he is frustrated because I terminated his services. As a father – and I told him this in a letter – I’m going to look after my son’s soccer career, myself. I did that because he has been sitting and doing nothing. It’s only now that he wants to wake up.
“I have done a contract with Chippa already. People are now saying that my son is registered with three clubs – Chippa, Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars.
“Yesterday evening (Sunday), I was talking to Themba Sithole (from Stars). Themba also said, ‘My friend, I was also shocked when I heard that we, as Free State Stars, have signed your son.’
“He knows that I told them I would come back to them if we didn’t get a better offer. As soon as we left Bethlehem, Chippa (Mpengesi) phoned me and gave me an offer. We said we were going to see him in Durbanville at his place. We agreed on everything,” said Konqobe.
The father is adamant that his 21-year-old son, who starred for Thanda Royal Zulu in their promotion-winning 2016/17 season, has not signed a contract with Pirates.
“I must be honest with you, I’m going to take this up. I want him (Rasimphi) as the agent to show me the contract that my son signed with Pirates. I want him as Abbie to show me the tickets that were booked for my son (to fly) from Cape Town to Jo’burg to go and sign with Pirates. I want him to show me the signature. If there is a fraudulent signature, my friend, I tell you I will be the middleman,” concluded Konqobe.