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R3m For Benni’s Influential Duo?

Siya sources have indicated that it’s inevitable that Benni McCarthy will lose two influential figures in his dressing room at the end of the season.

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It was reported in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma Issue 1212 that Siyethemba Sithebe and Bongi Ntuli are part of the sale agreement between Sandile Zungu and the Sokhela family, who took the football fraternity by surprise when they relinquished their ownership of Usuthu to the Durban businessman in October last year. 

It means the duo, when eventually sold, will subsidise the fee paid to the Sokhelas, a deal that apparently had the past two transfer windows as a timeline.  

According to reliable sources, the R3-million combined valuation for Sithebe and Ntuli proved the stumbling block, so did the personal terms.

The Siya crew understands that the Zungus are under pressure to sell the two players before their contracts expire. 

In agreeing to the takeover, it’s believed the Sokhela family expected Sithebe and Ntuli to be moved on for a fee to cover part of the purchase amount for the club. 

Sithebe and Ntuli are contracted until June 30, though AmaZulu have an option to extend each of their deals by a further one year, which effectively buys them time to still honour the arrangement with the Sokhelas.  

While Ntuli has been heavily linked to Orlando Pirates, his teammate Sithebe was wanted by SuperSport United and TS Galaxy. 

But the behind the scenes negotiations did not lead to any deal being finalised, but you can expect them to be sold in the next transfer window, which officially opens on July 1.

Sithebe has been a key player for McCarthy in the revival of Usuthu since he took over, while Ntuli has contributed with some important goals despite only recently returning from a long injury layoff, which might have stalled his potential transfer.

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