Collins Mbesuma of Black Aces win monthly awards during the Absa Premiership Player and Coach of the Month Awards on 02 November 2015 at PSL Offices Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Tuesday Jun 07, 2016. 09:10
Absa Premiership golden boot winner Collins Mbesuma has not been retained by Mpumalanga Black Aces and will as a result ply his trade elsewhere next season.
AmaZayoni are set to relocate to Cape Town after John Comitis successfully purchased the club.
MP BLACK ACES LOOK SET TO MOVE TO CAPE TOWN
Comitis revealed on Monday evening that a squad of 15 players from Aces will play for the yet to be named club next term, with the club eager to fill the spaces with footballers from the region and a couple of Premier Soccer League veterans.
Mbesuma scored 14 goals for Aces last season as they finished the 2015-16 campaign in fourth place.
"I have a squad of 15, the squad does not include Mbesuma," Comitis told Metro FM.
"I have worked with players who's contracts are continued, some of the players contracts were coming to an end and needing to be renewed so we took the one's that we are obviously responsible for and we ensured that every player's good will is taken care of and that we honour every contract.
"My squad size is 15 and we need to build from that. The good thing about that is that the majority of the 15 were starting line-up players so we are quite excited at having that and we want to fill in the gaps with young players from Cape Town and possibly one or two bigger names.
Furthermore, Comitis revealed that the club have permanently secured the services of Lebogang Manyama, who will return to the Mother City having previously spent three years with Ajax Cape Town.
"We sat with my technical team for the last few weeks. It is an age thing, we are trying to bring younger players into the squad," Comitis added on why they decided not to renew Mbesuma's contract.
"Mbesuma is an absolutely gifted player and he showed his worth. For us to bring him here to continue where he left of, he had an option to renew which was not exercised by Mpumalanga and we will continue without him. We thought that this was the time for us to secure Manyama...which we have...to possibly take the reins from Mbesuma."