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Nengomasha leaves Chiefs for Wits

[Posted 26 Jun 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Chiefs lose the midfield Warriors Nengomasha on a free
The man they affectionately called "The General" or "Father", and the backbone of the Kaizer Chiefs midfield for the past 11 years, Tinashe Nengomasha surprisingly departed the Naturena club and signed for Johannesburg rivals Bidvest Wits over the weekend.

It has since emerged that while Nengomasha, a loyal servant of the club for more than a decade, held out for a more than a single year contract, Chiefs management insisted that only a year's deal was on offer, resulting in the player deciding to look elsewhere for an improved deal.

The player will walk out of Naturena on a free at the expiry of his contract with Amakhosi on 30 June.

Wits' coach Roger De Sa wasted no time when he heard about the breakdown of negotiations between Chiefs and Nengomasha's agent  Glyn Binkin, pouncing on the player immediately, getting him on a free.

There is no better deal than getting a player of The General on a free!

Nengomasha signed a  three-year deal with Wits, but the details of his earnings have not yet been available to the media, and might never be revealed since such revelations have potential to unsettle other players in the team who might not be getting anything closer to what big stars like Tinashe earn.

Nengomasha joined Chiefs when he was a teenager, after he was spotted in an COSAFA Under 20 tournament played in South Africa. He was to rise and become the first names on a Chiefs line-up.

His hearty performances in the engine room of the Amakhosi endeared the youngster then to the Chiefs faithfuls who nicknamed him "The General", a befitting title for a player who marshalled the engine room with the aplomb of a veteran even when he was just about 20.

Nengomasha went on to win back-to-back titles with Chiefs under Teddy Dumitru and was accordingly voted PSL Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year during the 2003/2004 season.

Nengomasha played more than 324 matches for Chiefs between 2002 and 2012.

He will leave Chiefs with beautiful memories, and he has already been voted among the top 15 greatest Kaizer Chiefs players of all times, making him a real Amakhosi legend.

The player was grateful to have had a long dance with Amakhosi.

I am grateful to the club and the management for giving me an
opportunity to come here. I would also like to thank the fans in the
manner in which they welcomed me to the club. I will always have good
memories of the time I have spent at Naturena. We fought so many battles
together and the fans were always behind the club," Nengomasha told the club's website.

The decision must also have been very difficult for Kaizer Motaung senior. While he ttried to shower the player with praises, he ended up stating the obvious, something that everyone in South Africa knows about the player.

He always carried himself as a professional and his dedication on the
pitch was second to none. He was a fighter and earned respect not only
from his teammates but his peers in the Premier League and fans alike," Motaung said on the club website.

It is not clear why a club would refuse to give such a loyal player, who at about  less than 30 years still a lot to offer to football in South Africa and Africa. Maybe, the new coach Stuart Baxter had more to do with the decision to only offer the player a year's extension.

One can not blame the player for choosing to walk away in order to look at a better deal elsewhere. Many teams would have swooped on the player if Wits had not moved in with lightning speed.



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