South Africa

Wits faces player exodus

Braamfontein – Bidvest Wits are set to release a number of players during the January period to make way for new recruits.

  Among those who are believed to be leaving the club is veteran striker Elias Pelembe, 35. So far this season Pelembe has made only one appearance for the club.

  Left back Lehlohonolo Nonyane and centre back Joseph Douhadji are also believed to be on their way out of Wits. Togolese-born Douhadji joined the Students at the beginning of the season, but word is that he has not showed Wits coach Gavin Hunt that he has what it takes to play in the Absa Premiership.

  An unnamed source at the club said: “They will either loan him out to get game time or they will release him if no club is willing to take him. As for Nonyane, he is definitely on his way out. Coach Gavin Hunt is looking to add a number of new players in the January transfer window to beef up his squad, so the club has to release some players to make way for the new signings.”

   Meanwhile the son of former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has joined UK club Farsley Celtic FC under-23 team for the upcoming season.

  Celtic coach Neil Ross said: “We are delighted to secure the signing of Lucas Radebe Jnr. He has been training with our under 23 lads and has impressed us with his technical ability and pace,” Ross said.

  He added that the player would be involved with the Under 23s as soon as his international clearance comes through. “Our Under 23 squad is a group of very talented and hungry players working hard to progress the game. Although Lucas arrives with all the publicity he is certainly one of those players. He has arrived from South Africa for the opportunity to develop in football, and a big thanks must go to chief Lucas Radebe Snr for bringing him down to Farsley Celtic.”

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