SuperSport Say No To Downs – What Next?
Mamelodi Sundowns may be forced to look elsewhere for midfield options after SuperSport United issued a strong ‘hands off’ with regards to two of their reported targets.
Both Aubrey Modiba and Teboho Mokoena are known to be on Pitso Mosimane’s list of potential acquisitions ahead of the 2019/20 season, with the pair having performed well for Matsatsantsa over the last couple of seasons despite their relatively young age.
Sundowns are known for their ability to coax clubs into selling with big-money offers – as they have proven on many occasions in the past – and they will no doubt look to test SuperSport’s resolve even after they said they won’t be selling, but how much would be enough to twist their neighbour’s arm?
Stan Matthews, SuperSport’s CEO, explained recently that neither Modiba nor Mokoena – along with Ronwen Williams – would be moving on to any club locally, suggesting that they would only let a move go through if it meant the players leaving for a club internationally.
Modiba and Mokoena are known to have buyout clauses in their long-term deals with their current employers, though they can only be activated by teams outside the country, meaning that SuperSport are under no obligation to accept any offer from Sundowns, or any other Premier Soccer League club for that matter.
As reported in the latest issue of Soccer Laduma, Matthews – when asked about their futures – said, “All three of them have long-term contracts with us, and we have no intention of selling them locally.
“They’ve all won trophies with us and they’re part of the family, we’d be happy to see them take the next step in their careers overseas, but we’re not looking to release them to any local team for at least another season.”
How much do you think it would take to buy Modiba and Mokoena, or should Sundowns look elsewhere?