Phakaaathi Reporter
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1 Jun 2018
4:20 pm

City confirm departure of former Pirates defender

Phakaaathi Reporter

Cape Town City have confirmed that they have decided against renewing defender Tshepo Gumede’s contract.

Tshepo Gumede of Cape Town City FC (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Earlier this week, Phakaaathi reported that City would release the former Pirates defender, who has hardly played since Benni McCarthy took over.

READ: City set to release former Pirates defender

Now the club has confirmed through a statement that Gumede will indeed not be retained for next season.

The club statement:

The club can confirm that it has not taken up the option to renew Tshepo Gumede’s contract. He has performed a great service to the club over the last couple of years, but at this stage of his career it is important to be playing regularly.

Given the long-term national team prospects that we have in that position Tshepo did not get enough game time. Cape Town City does not believe in frustrating and jeopardising our players’ careers for financial gain. Yes, football is a business – but we are also human.

The club wishes Tshepo the very best and remembers his service with gratitude.

City have also already signed a North African defender who is said to have also had stints overseas, but his identity has yet to be released.