Larsen bemoans Mathoho's exit
Bloemfontein Celtic have to get used to the fact that many of their top players will want to leave the club, says coach Clinton Larsen.
“It is always going to be difficult to hold onto players who are bent on trying to making more money for themselves, especially when they are at the end of their contract,” said the coach in the wake of the departure of Mulomowandau Mathoho and Kgotso Moleko to Kaizer Chiefs.
The centre back insisted he wanted to depart for Chiefs and his signing was confirmed on Monday after months of negotiations.
“This is something the smaller clubs have to live with,” added Larsen.
But looking on the bright side, he added: “It has allowed me to bring in a bit of quality with my new signings. With the money from Mathoho we can bring in two or three new quality players for the squad.”
Larsen said there was noting he could do to stop Mathoho’s departure. “He wanted to go and wrote a letter to the club to that effect. He felt he wanted another challenge. And that’s something we have to live with.”
Moleko did not want to renew his contract at Celtic after being told he would get an overseas move. In the end, no offer came from Belgium and he signed for Chiefs instead,
Larsen said the departure of top quality home-grown players would always be tempered by a commitment to replace them with other quality players.