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Thu Apr 17 20:42:15 SAST 2014

Wily 'General' makes a new start with Wits

MARK GLEESON | 25 June, 2012 00:000 Comments
Tinashe Nengomasha during the Absa Premiership match between Black Leopards and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Polokwane
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

Tinashe Nengomasha has signed for Wits after 12 seasons and more than 300 matches with Kaizer Chiefs, officials have confirmed.

"The General" left the Amakhosi at the weekend, taking up the chance of a new adventure at nearby Wits.

Nengomasha made the decision despite the fact Chiefs had offered to renew his contract, but Wits stepped in and offered him a better deal.

Chiefs say they will still hold a testimonial game for one of their longest-serving players some time in the next year.

Nengomasha drove back from international duty in Zimbabwe at the week and held negotiations with his new club before signing at the weekend.

Chiefs had been planning talks with him over a contract renewal, but were only going to offer a one-year extension.

Nengomasha would not be guaranteed a regular spot in the side, having been dropped by Vladimir Vermezovic in favour of his international compatriot Willard Katsande.

Once Vermezovic was sacked, the Zimbabwe international came back to claim his position in the heart of Chiefs midfield and finished the season back in the starting line-up.

Nengomasha, who will be 30 later this year, made 306 starts for Chiefs.

Late last week, Wits also signed Tlou Molekwane, who had been released from his contract with Amakhosi and was a free agent.

Wits are also understood to be negotiating with Thomas Sweswe, despite reports that the Chiefs centre back had already done a deal at Black Leopards.

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