Malawian striker Khuda Muyaba has survived the chop at relegated South Africa Premier Soccer League side, Polokwane City.
Muyaba joined Polokwane early this year but has struggled for game time unlike compatriot Dennis Chembezi who has been a regular.
The lack of game time frustrated the former Silver Strikers star who recently spoke of his intention to terminate his contract and return home.
However, Polokwane appear to be interested in keeping Muyaba, at least for now, as they have not included him on the list of axed players.
According to kickoff.com, the club will release four experienced campaigners following their relegation to the first division and Muyaba is not one of them.
Star midfielder Jabulani Maluleke, Zimbabwean goalkeeper George Chigova as well as defenders Simphiwe Hlongwane and Sibusiso Mbonani will thus all be released.
Rise and Shine are now cutting costs – including a reduced offer made to former coach Clinton Larsen that was rejected – as they plan to start afresh in the GladAfrica Championship.
KickOff.com quoted an insider who disclosed that only players who still have existing contracts will be allowed back into the squad on September 15.
“All of us who still have existing contracts, we will meet on the 15th, but those whose contracts are finished, it’s over for them,” the source is quoted as saying.
Polokwane Chief Operations Officer, Tincy Tema, confirmed the development.
“The club has been relegated, which means we have now downgraded. So basically, there’s going to be a lot of changes, starting with the contracts. We will be looking at the contracts of players and those whose contracts have expired, I don’t think we’ll have them back.
“Unless if, maybe, the technical team might say something about the same player. But the likes of Hlongwane, Maluleke and George, as far as I know, they are now history at Polokwane City,” Tema said.