Mamelodi Sundowns are looking at Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder, Mpho Makola, as a possible replacement for Bongani Zungu, despite the Buccaneers’ unlikeliness to let him go.
There are whispers circulating within the Sundowns corridors that the Chloorkop-based side is assessing 'Bibo', as a long-term replacement for the departing 'Ben 10', who has signed a pre-contract with Portuguese Primeira Liga club Vitoria de Guimaraes FC.
The club previously indicated that they had identified a South American as a possible replacement for Zungu, after the Siya crew reported that Argentine midfielder Alexis Sebastian Cabrera Coronas was being monitored.
However, with the Argentine unlikely to join the Brazilians, the club is assessing their options. Last week the Siya crew identified potential targets to replace Zungu, however the latest news reaching the crew’s desk is that Makola’s name has been bandied around at Chloorkop.
It is however unlikely that Bucs will let one of their star players leave and with his contract only expiring in 2018, the Soweto giants will have the final say.
According to a well-placed Siya source, a Sundowns scout has been monitoring Makola.
“The technical team is looking for Bongani Zungu’s replacement and so far they haven't decided on that player but they are monitoring Mpho Makola from Orlando Pirates,” the source said.
The only way that Pirates will be tempted to sell the player is if they receive an offer that is too good to turn down, or if an attractive swop deal is brought to the table.
Notable players that have made the switch from Bucs to Downs in recent times include Teko Modise and Lebohang Mokoena.
What do you think Sundowns should offer Pirates for Makola’s services? Who do you rate more: Zungu or Makola?