Maluleka allowed to jump from Kaizer Chiefs to title rivals Sundowns

Kaizer Chiefs have opted not to offer George Maluleka an interim deal meaning the midfielder is free to join their title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

Fellow midfielders Kabelo Mahlasela, Joseph Molangoane were also released with immediate effect.

Maluleka to leave Kaizer Chiefs immediately

Maluleka had already agreed to join Sundowns after his deal with Kaizer Chiefs. Still, stipulations from Fifa and Safa meant that clubs could offer players with expiring contracts interim deals to complete the current season.

“George Maluleka’s contract has expired and he opted not to renew it as previously stated. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” the club said in a Twitter post.

Maluleka to leave Kaizer Chiefs immediately

The 31-year-old from Tembisa has made 168 appearances for Kaizer Chiefs, scoring 11 goals and notching 24 assists since arriving at Naturena in 2014. He has found game time hard to come by in recent seasons, but it would be fair to say that Maluleka’s career has to date not lived up to expectations. He was unable to force his way back into the Bafana Bafana picture at Kaizer Chiefs, and it has now been nearly eight years since he appeared for his country.

While Maluleka’s future is now crystal clear the same cannot be said for Mahlasela who intimated that he was keen on staying at Kaizer Chiefs when approached for comment on Monday 29 June. The midfielder spent a loan spell at Polokwane City this season and made just six league appearances ahead of the enforced break.

Polokwane City have yet to confirm the full-time signing of Mahlasela but Kaizer Chiefs wish him well at the Limpopo club.

Maluleka will not be able to feature for Mamelodi Sundowns if the season is allowed to restart but will be allowed to start training and getting acquainted with his new teammates.

Kaizer Chiefs have appealed their one-year FIFA transfer ban, which includes the upcoming transfer window ahead of the 2020/21 season as well as next year’s mid-season window that usually runs for the month of January.

Transfer ban stifles Amakhosi ambition

The Soweto Giants have reportedly written to Fifa to request a temporary suspension of their ban until their appeal is heard in September, but have the global football bosses have been unmoved.

That ban has prevented Amakhosi from joining in picking the bones of Bidvest Wits, whose players could jump ship after the franchise was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.