Downs And One More Club Make Konqobe Enquiry
Ayabulela Konqobe Attracting More Interest From Clubs
News reaching the Siya crew is that Mamelodi Sundowns have started enquiries into the availability of sought-after defender, Ayabulela Konqobe, for next season.
The defender, who starred with impressive performances for Thanda Royal Zulu this past season, has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent weeks.
It has already been confirmed to the Siya crew that the player has signed a contract with Chippa United. However, as reported on the Soccer-Laduma website, the official word from Thanda is that the centre back is expected to report at the club next week.
Furthermore, reports in local media have suggested that the 21-year-old has allegedly signed contracts with two other clubs, Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars respectively.
But the reports have been refuted by the player’s father, Velile Konqobe, in an interview with Soccer Laduma.
New information reaching the Siya crew from a reliable source close to the player is that Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, is keen on the former SA U20 captain. The Brazilians are currently in search of a centre back to add to Mosimane’s squad for next season.
As reported by the crew this week, Downs have set their sights on Maritzburg United’s Brian Onyango, while the Chloorkop club’s interest in Ajax Cape Town and Bafana Bafana defender, Rivaldo Coetzee, is no longer a secret.
But with the struggle for the African champions to land Coetzee, a search for a centre back elsewhere continues for the club.
Another club believed to have surprisingly enquired about Konqobe is AmaZulu. Konqobe previously played for AmaZulu, when he joined the club in 2015 on a season-long loan deal from Ajax.
The player was, however, released from Usuthu halfway through the season, with the Durban-based club citing that he ‘failed to adhere to the club’s rules’.
“I have been informed that Pitso is keen on the boy. AmaZulu (is) also interested,” said the source.
A club official at Thanda confirmed, “There are one or two teams that have contacted us about the player. We have told them about our situation at the moment.”
By their ‘situation’ the official is referring to is Thanda’s wait on the league to hear if the proposed sale of the club’s PSL status to AmaZulu will be approved or not.