Polokwane City head coach, Kostadin Papic, is understood to be insistent on standing up to club’s top management by including the likes of Cole Alexander, who is on shaky ground with the club regarding his contract, in his match-day squad.
The 26-year-old is expected to be included in Papic’s 18-man squad to face Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night. Alexander has been left out of all Rise and Shines’ match-day squads this campaign. While the club have claimed that the player is returning from an injury, it is understood that the club are trying to push him into signing a new deal so that he isn’t able to sign a pre-contract elsewhere in the January transfer window.
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, amongst other PSL outfits, have been monitoring the player’s situation with interest, with the Siya crew having reported last week that Bucs may look to tempt City with a swap deal that would see Lehlogonolo Masalesa move in the opposite direction.
The latest news reaching the Siya crew’s desk has indicated that Papic is not happy with the club’s management, dictating which players he should use, and wants to select his own match-day squad without any internal interference.
“After being barred from playing any active part in the first team, Alexander has Papic to thank for his return to action. The former Ajax Cape Town player is set to be back into action soon,” a source told the Siya crew.
“Alexander has yet to kick the ball since the start of the season as he is said to have angered the club’s leadership when he refused to extend his contract for a proposed two more years.
“In a recent club meeting, that was led by the club’s top brass, Papic indicated that he wanted to use the player,” the source explained.
Alexander has lost his place in the Bafana Bafana set-up since his exclusion from City’s match-day team, however, he is still considered as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in Mzansi.