Malawi international midfielder Gabadinho Mhango has disappointed his South African club Bloemfontein Celtic by signing a pre-contract deal on the sly with Bidvest Wits even when his team was still interested in him.
SuperSport.com quotes Celtic website as saying the club’s chairman Max Tshabalala was dismayed at the news that Gaba was in talks with Wits even when the club was negotiating with the player for a possible extension to his current contract.
In total disappointment, Celtic has decided to release the player: “We are stunned by Mhango’s pre-contract signing with Wits after having numerous discussions with him and his agent for more than a year,” SuperSport quotes the club’s website.
What dismayed Celtic management is that this has happened even after Gaba had denied having had talks with Wits.
“Even this past Friday, whilst preparing for the Kaizer Chiefs game, he adamantly denied rumours about his departure and made a commitment that he will extend his contract with us. I deem his conduct to be unprofessional,” Tshabalala is quoted as saying.
The club said were going easy on him so that he could fully recover from his injury so that they continue with the negotiations only to be shocked by news in the media that the player has decided to join Wits.
“We have done everything in our power to keep Mhango but we are left with no option but to let him go with immediate effect because he will no longer be 100 percent committed to the team.
“Our supporters must know we are vigorously searching for another prolific striker that will add value to the team. Yes, we still have depth but we will continue beefing up the squad to the best of our ability,” the club said.
In an interview with www.kickoff.com on 19th January 2016, Gaba said he was thrilled with his three-year move to Wits.
“It feels good and is an achievement in my soccer career,” Gaba told KickOff.com. “I enjoyed my stay at Celtic. It’s a good team with great supporters. It is always motivating to play in front of such passionate supporters.
“It’s part of football, I have to start a new life elsewhere,” he said.
He also confirmed that he had talks with Wits after Celtic’s 0-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs last Sunday. He told KickOff.com that Celtic were taking too long to offer him a deal.
“Celtic kept me waiting and waiting [for a new contract]. After meeting with Wits on Sunday, I decided to sign with them. I will join them in July but for now I am committed with my club at Celtic because I am still contracted to the club.”
But that will not be because Celtic have shut the door on the diminutive midfielder.