Bloemfontein Celtic have confirmed that they have decided against renewing the contracts of defenders, Tsietsi Mahoa and Johannes Motlhaping, to open up space for new recruits.
But according to sources at the club, there is more to Mahoa's early release after he was sent to train with the reserves towards the end of the season.
According to sources, the reason why Mahoa was sent to train with the reserves by coach, Ernst Middendorp, was that the coach felt the defender was undermining his authority.
This was after Mahoa asked one of the technical team members why he was substituted during the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash against Wits, which Siwelele lost 2-1.
Mahoa was replaced by Limbikani Mzava after 45 minutes, and according to sources, he then asked one of the technical team members why because he felt that he was doing well at the time.
The technical member then told Middendorp about his conversation with Mahoa, and the German coach decided the defender should stop training with the squad and train with the reserves instead.
The Siya crew contacted Mahoa for his version of the story, and after picking up the phone, he asked to be called after five minutes, but his rang unanswered thereafter.
Celtic CEO, Khumbulani Konco, refused to comment on the reasons why Mahoa was released.
"All I can confirm is that we have released Mahoa and Motlhaping. Their contracts are coming to an end in June, so we decided to release them now," commented Konco.