Nange is Kaizer Chiefs player as coach Hunt clarifies the situation

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has shed some more light regarding former Bidvest Wits midfielder Phathutshedzo Nange. The former Black Leopards midfielder was on target for Stellenbosch FC in their 2-2 draw with the Glamour Boys in a league game on April 6

Nange had become a free agent when he elected not to join up with Limpopo side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila after they purchased Bidvest Wits’ PSL franchise.

At the time there was a lot of talk that Hunt, who had brought Nange to the Clever Boys from Black Leopards, wanted the player with him when he moved to Chiefs.

The problem though was that Amakhosi’s Fifa transfer ban prohibited them from signing new players until the end of this season. There had still been hope ahead of the season that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could result in Amakhosi having their ban overturned, but their case was dismissed.

Subsequently, Nange joined Stellenbosch, although the speculation continued that a deal had been struck for the player to return to Amakhosi for the 2021/ 22 season.

And Hunt has now confirmed that Nange is expected to turn out in Chiefs colours next term.

“Phathu was signed at the beginning of the season and obviously the ban came into effect,” Hunt explained in an interview with Robert Marawa on Radio 2000, as quoted by the South African.

“So, the best for him was to not just sit around and he joined Stellenbosch and went out and played and he’s done well,” he continued.  

“In my understanding, yes, he was signed at the beginning of the season and he was let go to play,” added Hunt, a former Black Leopards coach himself.

At the time of Nange’s arrival at Stellenbosch, the Cape Winelands club had confirmed it was only a short-term deal:

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