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Ndwandwe stays put: Arrows fend off Pirates interest with new contract

Golden Arrows have locked down Velemseni Ndwandwe with a new contract, putting an end to reported interest from Orlando Pirates.

The midfielder reportedly garnered attention from Gauteng clubs, including Pirates, last season as his contract was set to expire at the end of the previous month.

FARPost understands the 28-year-old was also eager for a fresh challenge and a bigger career step, considering his age.

However, he returned from the off-season along with the team two weeks ago to prepare for the next PSL season.

The club put to him new improved terms a few months ago. However, he was in no rush to pen a contract. 

UNCERTAINTY AROUND LENGTH OF NEW  NDWANDWE’S DEAL

It’s uncertain how long the new contract will keep the central midfielder at the club. 

Velemseni Ndwandwe signs contract extension at Golden Arrows
Velemseni Ndwandwe – Picture by Golden Arrows

Ndwandwe came through the youth ranks and got promoted to the senior team in the 2016/17 season. He has gone on to amass 133 appearances, scoring 13 goals and registering 10 assists.

Last season, the 28-year-old missed action for a while due to injury. He only came back in April, having been sidelined since December. Ndwandwe only featured in 17 matches in all competitions.

GOLDEN ARROWS PLAYER MOVEMENTS SO FAR

Meanwhile, Abafana Bes’thende have only signed Keenan Phillips on a free transfer after he was unattached for the past six months following his departure from Moroka Swallows.

The club also released goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, defender Siyavuya Ndlovu and left-winger Thubelihle Magubane ahead of the start of the new season.

In addition, Arrows are also said to be speaking to a few players regarding the futures at the club. 

On the other hand, the club suffered a surprise setback this past week with the departure of head coach Steve Komphela, who unexpectedly stepped down to rejoin Mamelodi Sundowns.

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