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Mendu no longer with Amakhosi 09/07/04
Jabu 'S-Curl' Mendu will no longer turn out in the Amakhosi colours after he was placed on the transfer list.

Mendu still has another year of his contract left with the Soweto Giants, but it has now been reported that he had handed in a transfer request to club owner Kaizer Motaung during a meeting on Wednesday.

He apparently felt that he was no longer part of coach Ted Dumitru's plans for next season, especially with the recent arrival of a number of new players, including the highly rated pair of Gert Schalkwyk (Wits) and David Mathebula (Dynamos), who would both offer him direct competition for his place.

Mendu would still have had to compete for his place in the team with John 'Shoes' Moshoeu, Thabo Mooki, and possibly Tenashe Nengomashe, who despite being linked in a transfer to a French club, is still with Chiefs.

Motaung felt that Mendu was indeed intimidated by the new signings.

"Surely the boy is intimidated by the young players we have signed," he said on the club's website.

Motaung added that he had suspected for a while now that the former Swallows player was on the way out of Naturena, and seemed to have no regrets about his departure.

"I have always suspected something sinister was coming up with Jabu (Mendu) since the imminent departure of his friend Brian (Baloyi) a few weeks ago.

The Chiefs boss also pointed out that Mendu has constantly been a trouble maker during his time at the club.

"From day one of his arrival here, the Technical staff has always recorded with regret the players attitude towards his colleagues and lack of respect for the coaches. The club has acceded to his request and wish him well," he said.

Mendu did not feature regularly in his one season at Chiefs, but was still a crowd favourite for the way he dominated the midfield and scored spectacular goals and his departure is sure to bring a mixed reaction from the Amakhosi faithful.

The 27-year-old Boksburg-born player becomes the latest 'bad-boy' to leave the club, following in the footsteps of Jabu Pule and Thabiso 'Skapie' Malatsi.
 

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