Aces keen to keep Ndlazi

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

First Division outfit Mpumalanga Black Aces plan to sit down with coach Kenny Ndlazi this week to offer him a new contract in their quest to attain promotion next season.

The well-travelled Ndlazi's contract with Aces expires at the end of the month and he is reported to be on the wanted lists of several clubs.

One of the clubs that is known to be trying to lure Ndlazi into their camp is Bloemfontein Celtic, who are guided by chairman Jimmy Augousti.

Ndlazi is high in demand after dramatically turning AmaZion into one of the best non-Premiership clubs after joining them midway through the season.

Aces finished fifth on the First Division Inland stream long and became the first non Premiership side to reach the final of the South African version of the FA Cup.

They were defeated 0-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the Nedbank Cup at Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday.

"It is true that my contract with Aces is coming to and end at the end of the month, but everything lies in the hands of my manager," said Ndlazi.

"I have been enjoying my stay here at Aces. For now I want to take a well-deserved break after doing so well with Aces."

Ndlazi also had the sound technical support of former Bafana Bafana midfielder Dumisa "Isiphithiphithi" Ngobe, his assistant coach, and Cyprian "Mahala" Maimane.

Approached for comment, Aces co-director Mario Morfu confirmed that Ndlazi's contract with the club will end soon.

"It is true that we are going to give him a new contract, Kenny has done so well for the club and we can't let him go.

"There will be a meeting with him later in the week to open negotiations for a new deal. We also want to thank everybody who supported us this season," Morfu said.