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Memela, Nyauza Face Uncertain Futures At Bay

Richards Bay will have to make a decision on the futures of Luvuyo Memela and Ntsikelelo Nyauza, with both their contracts coming to an end.

Both players’ contracts will expire at the end of June, having joined on a short-term deal.   

Memela was snapped up for free after he was surprisingly released by AmaZulu at the end of last season, while Nyauza was signed after he was let go by Orlando Pirates. 

It was the experience Bay needed, as they had just gained promotion at the end of last term when they won the Motsepe Foundation Championship. 

“With regards to Memela, there is going to be a discussion, Nyauza same, one-year contract. Same with me, my contract is up,” said coach Vasili Manousakis.

Memela, whose deal has a one-year option, featured in 25 matches, scoring one goal for the newbies, while Nyauza, who Memela played with at Pirates, featured in 23 matches with the return of one goal.

Meanwhile, Manousakis confirmed that loanees Siyanda Msane and Nkanyiso Zungu will go back to their parent clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates, respectively.

“Siyanda Msane is going back to his team, just like Nkanyiso Zungu [who was on loan from Orlando Pirates],” Manousakis added.

But Bay, who had a dream start in the top flight – winning seven games in the first round of the DStv Premiership, perching into second behind Sundowns just before the FIFA World Cup break, struggled in the second half, winning just one game. 

It came in January away against Marumo Gallants, but after that the wheels fell off, going 15 matches in all competitions without a win before the season ended.

They finished 13th on the DStv Premiership table with 33 points after 30 matches, with the survival only confirmed on the last game when they drew with Royal AM at home.  

Manousakis added Bay will have to add experienced players for next season, as they were the lowest scorers this term with the paucity of 20 goals. 

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Story by Robin-Duke Madlala (@duke_robin).

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.