Port Elizabeth — Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp remains hopeful the contractual dispute between midfielder Pule Ekstein and the club will be resolved swiftly so the player can be considered for selection in the remaining matches of the season. Contract extension negotiations appear to have reached a deadlock and Ekstein missed the club’s last two matches. The player did not feature in the recent league match against Black Leopards and in the Nedbank Cup semifinal against Chippa United on Saturday. Middendorp urged the club to resolve whatever obstacles that may have led to one of his favourite players being sidelined. Asked to confirm Ekstein’s whereabouts after Chiefs beat Chippa‚ Middendorp said: “I haven’t seen him today too.” Probed further on whether he was missing because of an injury‚ the Chiefs coach said: “No‚ no‚ no‚ he is an asset of Kaizer Chiefs. “You know sometimes players are busy with private issues‚ busy with certain circumstances. If they can be made respon...

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