Word in the media is that Mamelodi Sundowns have allegedly had to pause their pursuit of Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule, the SuperSport United duo they so badly wanted to sign before the transfer window slammed shut last night!
The Brazilians have been chasing the two midfielders for at least two seasons and were willing to offer several players in exchange, plus cash, to SSU to let them go.
But their rivals stood firm, with the board giving coach Kaitano Tembo guarantees that he would not lose his star players with no real adequate replacements lined up.
Mokoena was also wanted by Kaizer Chiefs, but the Glamour Boys were spooked by the R14 million asking price from SSU.
For Downs, the two players are seen as priority targets in the club’s rebuilding of a youthful team that also has experience – so Mokoena and Mbule fit that profile because they have been regulars at Matsatsantsa for some time now.
Indications are that Sundowns were willing to break the bank to acquire their services, only for the SSU board to take a decision not to sell, for now.
Downs also wanted goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. The media reported that Sundowns, although quite reluctantly, pulled back from tabling last-minute bids on Tuesday, but are expected to test their rivals’ resolve when the transfer window reopens in January.
According to media reports, at least one of the deals is expected to go through then and it’s thought Mokoena is the most likely.
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