WINGER Joseph “Tight” Molangoane has described his move to Chippa United as the best platform to help him get his once flourishing career back on track.
The 26-year-old Molangoane signed a three-year contract with the Premier Soccer League returnees after joining them from Orlando Pirates last week.
He was one of the five players released by Pirates to United after club chairman Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi made it clear that he wants to assemble a competitive side.
The other four players signed by United from Pirates are Manti Moholo, Siyabonga Zulu, Bheki Nzunga and William Twala.
Molangoane, who joined Pirates two seasons ago but never featured regularly for the club, said he was excited with the new environment in Port Elizabeth. “I was so happy when Pirates informed me about interest from Chippa United, I knew the move would afford me the opportunity to play regularly,” he said.
“I enjoyed my stay at Pirates, the only problem is that I did not get enough game time. I’m starting afresh at Chippa United, I’m confident I will do well here.
“I want to contribute to the success of the team, the chairman [Mpengesi] wants to see Chippa United becoming one of the top teams in South African soccer.
“The set up here is good, I strongly believe we will surprise many people with the team we have assembled. The most important thing will be consistency.
“There is no way we will get involved in relegation battles.”
Molangoane, who has also played for Platinum Stars and AmaZulu, is pleased that the people of Eastern Cape have already embraced the club.
“The reception the team is getting from the people of the Eastern Cape has been wonderful. For us to get more support we have to win our matches.”
Prior to turning professional four years ago, Molangoane played for Pirates juniors and later moved to Harold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi’s African Youth Sports Academy.
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town will sell midfield prodigy Hasheem Domingo to their Dutch partners at a fixed price dictated by the agreement between the clubs. But the Cape club say they have no offer for him at the moment.
“Ajax have asked us if we would be happy to transfer him but not before the court situation with the player is resolved. We have an e-mail with them to this effect,” Ajax Cape Town’s executive director Ari Efstathiou said yesterday.
Domingo is in dispute with Ajax Cape Town over his registration and seeking South African Football Association arbitration to get him out of a contract the player claims is invalid.
“We have had an agreement in place for the last 15 years that has a set price for players to move from Cape Town to Holland. ”That is the whole point of the relationship between us and Amsterdam for us to produce players for them. It is an agreement that I unfortunately cannot break. I haven’t made any price, I’m only following the dictates of the agreement,” Efstathiou said.
Ajax Amsterdam have offered Domingo a contract but do not want to pay Cape Town a hefty fee for a teenager who has not yet played any senior football.
Amsterdam have a 50% share in the Premier Soccer League outfit but the terms of their agreement does not allow them to take players from South Africa for free. – Ramatsiyi Moholoa, additional reporting by Mark Gleeson