Motaung hits back at Tau

Kaizer Chiefs has defended its decision not to renew Jimmy Tau’s contract.

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has blasted former club captain Jimmy Tau for comments he made about the club after his contract was not renewed.

Tau alleged that the reason for his unexpected release had nothing to do with football and the club's comments about him being surplus to requirement of the coach were nothing but a smoke screen.

Motaung says Tau's comment were unfortunate.

"Is it fair for us to keep players who are not going to be playing and renewing contracts for the sake of renewing contracts? It's not fair. We had discussions on other matters relating to his career going forward. We've played our part in developing Jimmy. We were surprised to hear him going on radios with these allegations."

Motaung says the club was only doing what is right for Tau.

"He was a great player but he got injured. He was out of the team for a season. He's 33-year-old now and his contract is up. He never played for the entire season. Is it fair for us to renew his contract and keep him on the bench at that age?"

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions are preparing for the new season.

They have resigned Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona on a loan deal from German Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim.

Musona won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot in the 2010-11 season.