Pot­loane’s trans­fer in limbo

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mabuti Pot­loane’s move from Linare to Mat­lama has hit a snag as the two Pre­mier League gi­ants are fail­ing to agree on a fee for the tal­ented mid­fielder, the Le­sotho Times can re­veal.

Linare sources yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times the Hlotse-based out­fit are de­mand­ing at least M50 000 for the 2013/14 Vo­da­com Player of the Sea­son, which Mat­lama are not will­ing to pay.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, the Linare man­age­ment feels the team should get the best deal pos­si­ble for their cap­tain, who grew up at the club, but was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely last month for al­leged in­dis­ci­pline.

“Mat­lama want the player, who is al­ready train­ing with them, but are not pre­pared to pay the amount Linare have re­quested. In fact, Mat­lama have sug­gested pay­ing M10 000 to have Mabuti for the rest of the cur­rent sea­son and then rene­go­ti­ate for his per­ma­nent move at the end of the cam­paign. The other thing is Mat­lama feel the M50 000 Linare are de­mand­ing is too much, con­sid­er­ing we are halfway through the sea­son,” said one of the sources on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Mat­lama Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mota Nkhethoa, ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that there were still “out­stand­ing is­sues” which have de­layed the sign­ing of the na­tional team mid­fielder.

“We have had ne­go­ti­a­tions with Linare and what is only left is for us to pay what they are de­mand­ing for the player,” Nkhethoa told the Le­sotho Times.

“You have to un­der­stand that Mabuti and his team­mate Kopano Mo­taung came to our club on their ownn af­ter they had been sus­pended by Linare; we di­did not chase af­ter them. What we then did was go to o Linare and ex­plain that the two play­ers wanted to o play for Mat­lama, hence the fee is­sue has be­comeme a con­cern.”

How­ever, er, Nkhethoa said Mat­lama were hop­ing to sign Pot­loane ot­loane — who played for Mat­lama in last week­end’s s friendly match against South Africa’s Free State te Stars, which Tse Put­soa won 1-0 at Set­soto Sta­di­umdium — be­fore Sun­day’s LNIG quar­ter­fi­nal first leg match against Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) at Ratjo­mose Bar­racks Ground.

“The sit­u­a­tion­i­t­u­a­tion has be­come very tricky, but we are still con­fi­dent of sign­ing not only Pot­loane but also Mo­taung,” aung,” said Nkhethoa.

On the other hand, Linare vice-pres­i­dent, Tankiso Sehlabaka,baka, told the Le­sotho Times that the ball was now in Mat­lama’s court re­gard­ing Pot­loane.

“We have ave held sev­eral talks with Mat­lama over the play­erer and we are now wait­ing for them to come backk to us so that we can con­clude the deal,” Sehlabakaka said.

“At the e mo­ment, Pot­loane re­mains a Linare player and nd it’s only af­ter Mat­lama have come back to us that t we can say some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Sehlabaka aka also con­firmed that Tse Put­soa had even sug­gested gested tak­ing the player on loan un­til the end of the e sea­son.

“We have ave been told Pot­loane only wants to leave us on a loanoan ba­sis and we have told him to write to us and ex­plain xplain the whole mat­ter. So all I can say is the mat­ter­at­ter is in the hands of Mat­lama and Pot­loane to com­mu­ni­cate with us,” he said.

Mean­while,while, of­fi­cials from the two clubs were not will­ing too re­veal any fig­ures re­gard­ing the player.

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