Junior Khanye has told the Siya crew about his disappointment, following Hendrick ‘Pule’ Ekstein’s exit from Kaizer Chiefs.
In a move that shocked many in the football fraternity, Chiefs announced Ekstein’s departure from the club last week.
The 28-year-old Bekkersdal-born player, who appeared to be in the plans for coach Ernst Middendorp at Chiefs, had his contract terminated by the Soweto giants last week.
“I am very disappointed that Kaizer Chiefs released Pule Ekstein, after the boy had never been given a fair chance (to play), in my opinion. He was picking form and I was confident that he was going to get even better next season,” Khanye told the Siya crew.
“I don’t know how strong he is mentally, but what has happened to him should be demoralising. He was starting to understand what playing for Kaizer Chiefs is all about. He was starting to understand the culture of the club. I don’t see any playmaker like him at Chiefs at the moment. Had he stayed, and given a chance to play regularly, he was going to compete to be the Player of the Season in the PSL next season. He was going to get a national team call-up,” he added.
“At first, he would look nervous at times, but that’s understandable as he has never been at any professional setup before. But he has been good and looking like he is understanding what professional football is all about. He was better than other players there, because he could risk. There’s no player there who holds and control the ball like him. It’s very, very disappointing. He has been a crowd-puller and people enjoyed watching him play,” said the Daveyton-born player.
The 33-year-old says he is hoping that Amakhosi would reconsider their decision on Ekstein.
“I hope Chiefs can re-negotiate with the boy. Can they talk to the player as their boy and he will understand, because they took him from nowhere. I wish the club can talk to the player’s agent. Forget about money, can the boy be helped to further his career? Ernst Middendorp isn’t the coach who understands skilful players, but he could understand that boy well. I was hoping that he would get a three-year contract at Chiefs. I don’t think he was going to fail,” concluded the ex-South African youth international.