News that Justin Shonga is on the list of players whose contracts expire at the end of the month have been labelled “inaccurate”.
This is by Karabo Mathang, who has told the Siya crew that she – not Michael Ngobeni – is the players’ legitimate representative.
Earlier this month, Ngobeni suggested he was under pressure from the Zambian national team for the forward to overcome his lack of game-time with the Buccaneers, with new coach Micho Sredojevic, who worked with Shonga at Pirates until August last year, keen to see him play a significant role in the squad.
Ngobeni also told the Siya crew last week that he was due to sit down with Pirates management to discuss the players’ future ahead of his contract expiring on June 30, though, he indicated, the club had an option to extend.
“The club has a two-year option. The option is one of those options which favour the club. But if Justin gets a chance to play, he still wants to fight for his position,” said Ngobeni then.
But Mathang has disputed this.
“I can confirm that P Management is the lawful representative of Mr Justin Shonga, no one else has any entitlement to make any pronouncements about his future or contract,” she said.
“I do not like to disclose the players’ contract details because those are confidential between the employer and their employee, but I can state on the record that information that Shonga’s contract ends on June 30 is not accurate.”
Asked for clarity, the player also told the Siya crew that Mathang was his agent, while Ngobeni declined to respond or give comment.
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