With the 2015 January transfer window closing on Friday, January 30, at 17h00, all indications are that striker Tendai Ndoro will see out the 2014/15 PSL campaign with Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The 26-year-old has been linked with an exit from Aces, with both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates keen on adding the player to their roster.
Indications in December were that Downs had agreed terms with the player but after a dispute with agents, Pirates emerged as favourites to land the player’s signature.
A move for Ndoro was on the cards this transfer window, however after Aces’ chairman, Mario Morfou, released a statement yesterday indicating otherwise, a move after the current season seems more likely.
"He has a contract until 2017 and ’yes’ I have read all the various reports on his imminent departure but can assure our fans that he is going nowhere.
"Football is about courtesy and business and we at Aces have had no formal offers or requests from any clubs.
"He is the mainstay of our strike force and we are a bit thin in this department so it makes no sense for him to leave us,” said Morfou on Aces’ official website.
Reports coming out of Zimbabwe, Ndoro’s country of birth, have surfaced suggesting that a move in July is now on the cards.
With his contract set to expire in 2017, Aces will have the upper hand in negotiating a transfer away from the club in the offseason, and it remains to be seen if Pirates will land their target or if a bidding war will develop with Downs.
However, with the transfer window closing on Friday, anything can still happen, although an immediate move is unlikely at the moment, nothing is impossible in football.