After widespread rumor that Sithebe will leave AmaZulu for Amakhosi in January, Sithebe was officially introduced as a Chiefs player earlier this week.
AMAZULU FROZE OUT SITHEBE
Sithebe signed a pre-contract with Chiefs in January but finished the season with AmaZulu after being frozen out. Initially, it was anticipated that Chiefs would introduce the player during the January transfer window. But when Amazulu dug in their heels, the agreement started to seem much more difficult to understand than most would have initially anticipated. Zungu later acknowledged his failure to extend Sithebe's contract, but he yet seemed committed to keeping the player.
After apparently concluding the pre-contract deal, Chiefs then began to think of innovative ways to entice Sithebe to the club six months sooner. The Glamour Boys had reportedly offered Amazulu two players in exchange for the midfielder's early release, which Zungu later confirmed. Zungu, however, was open about his dissatisfaction with the caliber of the players Chiefs had provided, even going so far as to refer to them as "rejects" on a public forum.
The Chiefs had "jumped the gun" in their chase of Sithebe, according to Amazulu, who also kept publicly calling out Chiefs. Zungu claims that Amakhosi already signed a contract with the Bafana Bafana midfielder at the beginning of December, even though the player was only legally permitted to begin talks with other clubs in January.
But if Sithebe's most recent remarks are any indication, he and Zungu don't appear to be at odds over the latter's departure from AmaZulu. He left the chairman the following note after speaking with Soccer-Laduma.
A NOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT
In his message to Zungu, Sithebe said, "Chairman, I do understand that football is a business, and things do happen in this game. As players, we are influenced in our decisions by contracts that we are offered, which I'm sure you understand. Having said that, I want to express my sincere gratitude for giving me the opportunity to play for the club since you took over as its leader (from the previous owners). We have become like a family, and I have cherished my time with the club while it has been run by you. I appreciate it. Sithebe said.
BEGINNING OF TRAINING AT CHIEFS
Now that he has begun practicing with Chiefs for the upcoming season, Sithebe will be attempting to devote all of his attention to his career there.
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