Thabo Rakhale makes Chippa United wait

Thabo Rakhale of Chippa United hasn't reached his potential. / Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images
Thabo Rakhale of Chippa United hasn't reached his potential. / Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images

Chippa United's contract extension offer for Thabo Rakhale is an indication of who makes the final decision at the Port Elizabeth-based club.

After the arrival of Rulani Mokwena as coach last month, Rakhale was among the players believed to be on their way out at the Chilli Boys.

Others included Andile Mbenyane, Kurt Lentjies, Lehlogonolo Masales and Diamond Thopola.

The decision was made in boss Chippa Mpengesi's absence as he was at the board of governors meeting in Johannesburg.

"There is no final decision because we are still going to engage the coach [Mokwena] and say to him 'let's wait until the end of the season because this decision may be an emotional one'," Mpengesi said at that time.

True to his word, it appears that Mpengesi has intervened in the situation as Rakhale's manager Mandla Mthembu confirmed that the former Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder has been offered a new deal.

"He is still training with the club... he is under contract until June 30.

"They [Chippa] have also tabled an offer, but there were some outstanding issues that we needed to deal with so, I can't go into details," Mthembu said yesterday.

"I have not had an opportunity to sit down with him [Rakhale] due to what is happening in the country. So, we will make a call at the end of the season with regard to his long-term future."

The 30-year-old winger has been one of the underachieving players in the local game as he started with a bang at Pirates when he made his debut in 2012.

But his career never reached the potential it promised when he started in the professional ranks and his options are likely to be limited.

"He's got options that I can confirm, including Chippa United, I can only confirm an offer from the club he is currently playing only," Mthembu said.

Rakhale has played 21 games for Chippa this season, scoring two goals.

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