Former Kaizer Chiefs striker surfaces at Cape Town City

Siphelele Mthembu of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.
Siphelele Mthembu of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.
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Siphelele Mthembu has joined Cape Town City after walking out on Free State Stars.

City confirmed the former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player's signing on Wednesday afternoon.

The forward did not go to training for the past two days and Stars general manager Rantsi Mokoena said the player was due to sign a new contract in Bethlehem this week.

This was confirmed by Ea Lla Koto coach Luc Eymael‚ who said he was mystified as to the players’ disappearance.

“Yesterday and today he did not come to training and he did not speak to me‚ he phoned the physio saying he had a family issue and he had to go home‚” Eymael told SowetanLIVE.

“The physio asked him‚ ‘why are you calling me‚ we have a team manager and a coach?’‚ and he said he did not have my number‚ which is a big lie because when I was in Belgium [for the close-season] I was phoning him.

“He has not responded to my message‚ so what can we do?”

Eymael says he already has a striker replacement in mind‚ but cannot name him as the player is negotiating his release from another club.

“We also have [Maboke] Matlakala and [Eleazar] Rodgers‚ so we have some new strikers.

"We will see what happens."

Mthembu scored just five goals in 30 appearances for Stars last season in all competitions‚ and has previously played for both Chiefs and Pirates in the Absa Premiership.

Eymael also confirmed that Stars are looking to re-sign Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni after the experienced gloveman spent the last two seasons at the club on loan.

“He wants to come and he only has a year on his contract‚ so we will have to see if it will be a loan or a permanent signing.

"You know from the end of December he will be able to sign a pre-contract with us‚” Eymael said.

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