Mamelodi Sundowns has officially put in a bid for one of the club’s long term targets in the Premier Soccer League, with a switch expected for next season.
Speaking to the SA Football Journalists’ Association via an online press conference, SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews said he was resigned to losing Aubrey Modiba to their Tshwane rivals when the upcoming transfer window opens next month.
“Yes, Sundowns have shown interest and have never stopped showing interest in Aubrey. I think we are at a point with Aubrey where they have tabled a very good offer for us. But we have taken a view that given the situation, we’ve got six games left and I don’t know what our situation will be,” explained Matthews.
“We could finish third and have CAF (commitments) next year, that also has an impact on our decisions and what we do. From that perspective, there is still water to flow under the bridge. I am not in the transfer window right now, we have six games left and have to get the best out of our assets. This is disturbing enough, and I have been open and honest about the Aubrey and Bradley (Grobler) situation – I have also been open and honest with them about the situation.”
Downs have been chasing Modiba since last year and Matthews said he was ready to sell the versatile player in January when he brought in DR Congo left winger Guily Manziba, who would have been a direct replacement.
“If we narrow down which player to sell, to be fair it’s going to come down to Aubrey Modiba, he is the one linked with the most moves all the time. He is the one that Sundowns have been pursuing the most. He has given us good service and trophies. I had geared up to sell him because I brought in Manziba, but the deal fell through,” the SuperSport boss said.
“The pandemic has put us in a position where we have to sell one or two of our players and promote younger players. We have to be positive about that and not look at it as a negative, look for the next Teko Modise. I want to be clear I don’t want to sell any players and my board knows that, but the reality is that I will have to.”
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