Collins Mbesuma has been left out of the new Mpumalanga Black Aces squad for next season, new club owner John Comitis has confirmed.
Aces are set to relocate to Cape Town after Comitis purchased the club.
Mbesuma scored 14 goals in the 2015/2016 season for Aces, finishing as the league’s top goal scorer.
“I have a squad of 15, the squad does not include Mbesuma,” Comitis told Metro FM.
“I have worked with players whose contracts are continued, some of the players’ contracts were coming to an end and needing to be renewed, so we took the ones that we are obviously responsible for and we ensured that every player’s goodwill is taken care of and that we honour every contract.
“My squad size is 15 and we need to build from that. The good thing about that is that the majority of the 15 were starting line-up players so we are quite excited at having that, and we want to fill in the gaps with young players from Cape Town and possibly one or two bigger names.”
Earlier, Kick-off revealed that the new owners of Mpumalanga Black Aces have decided against retaining striker Collins Mbesuma and goalkeeper Bafana Nhlapo.
Aces under new owner John Comitis and are set to relocate to Cape Town at the start of the new season, with the club keeping current coach Muhsin Ertugral who is set to be assisted by Ian Tayler, formerly with Ajax Cape Town.
The club will however be parting ways with Zambian forward Mbesuma, who ended the season as the PSL’s top scorer with 14 goals, as well as 36-year-old goalkeeper Nhlapo.
“We have only retained the two goalkeepers, Walters and Mabokgwane,” Comitis tells KickOff.com.
Comitis has also confirmed that his club is interested in retaining the services of vice-captain Zamokuhle Ngalo.
“We are still talking to Ngalo,” he adds.