SuperSport United have closed the door on adding to their squad, effectively ending their interest in a player initially targeted by the Big Three.
Luckyboy Mokoena has been the subject of interest from Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – and it was thought with Highlands Park now sold and renamed TS Galaxy recently, this would pave the way for his departure.
The player’s agent, Steven Kapelushnick, had confirmed to the Siya crew late last month that SuperSport were eager to get a deal over the line, however his fate was still in the hands of the new owners, following the takeover.
It’s now been established further by the crew that a potential move for the right back to Matsatsantsa is now likely to fall through with just five days before the transfer window slams shut at the end of November.
Siya sources have indicated that with Galaxy likely to demand a sizeable transfer fee because Mokoena still has a contract, SuperSport would rather look to put their faith in young Keenan Phillips, the 20-year-old signed from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits a month ago.
A high-ranking insider at the Tshwane outfit also informed the crew that coach Kaitano Tembo is not desperate for cover in that position at the moment as there is also experienced campaigners Siyabonga Nhlapho (31) and Grant Kekana (28) in the squad.
This leaves only Sundowns and Pirates as options for Mokoena before the transfer deadline with Chiefs still serving their FIFA ban until July next year.
But indications are that Mokoena could have to wait until the second window in February to try and make a switch elsewhere.
Asked for comment on the players’ future, Tim Sukazi, owner and chairman at Galaxy, said Mokoena remained part of the squad for now.
“He is still part of the team and to be honest nothing is happening at the moment, even with a few days before the window closes,” he told the Siya crew.
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