“Once You’re Signed At Chloorkop, You’re Going Nowhere!” – Reader’s Voice
Mamelodi Sundowns’ style of play and their involvement in the CAF competition has been sublime. Their success on the continental stage drew attention from many clubs abroad , now interested in the team’s players.
With the clubs abroad knocking, it’s a good thing not only for the club, but the players who are wanted too. It is almost every player's dream of playing football on a bigger stage and reach greater heights in Europe. However, Sundowns have been reluctant in releasing players when their services are required abroad.
First it was Keagan Dolly, as Downs wanted to block his move to Europe, as he wanted to play for French club Montpellier, who made an offer. Dolly went back and forth until they had no choice but to release the Bafana Bafana winger.
Most recently, it's the 2015/16 player of the season, Khama Billiat. It is understood that Saudi Arabian side, Al-Nassr, were interested in his services, however their offer didn't match the Zimbabwean's buyout clause of €2.5 (about R39m), as a result they pulled out of their interest.
I mean this is just a clear attempt to block Khama's progress as a player by putting such big buyout clauses. It's really disappointing from Sundowns and shows how little they care about the growth and progress of their own players.
What's with Sundowns and their unwillingness to release players to grow and play abroad? Isn't that the ultimate objective? It's as if Masandawana are saying once you’re signed at Chloorkop, you’re never leaving. Good luck to all players at Mamelodi Sundowns.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.