Stars open talks for Ngob­eni

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Free State Stars are be­lieved to have taken one step closer in se­cur­ing the ser­vices of one of Mamelodi Sun­downs’ goal­keep­ers.

It is no se­cret that Stars are look­ing to get Thela Ngob­eni back to the club on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. He was part of their suc­cess­ful squad last season in what was his sec­ond loan spell with the Beth­le­hem-based out­fit.

It’s ev­i­dent that the 29-year-old left his mark at Ea Lla Koto, with in­di­ca­tions that the club’s man­age­ment rate him highly and are keen to have him back at the club.

Ac­cord­ing to Siya sources in the

know, Ngob­eni is be­ing tracked by no less than three PSL clubs – how­ever, Free State Stars are be­lieved to be lead­ing the race. In ad­di­tion, the Siya source close to the club’s deal­ings has in­di­cated that talks about a pos­si­ble move in Jan­uary have been ini­ti­ated.

Ngob­eni, who helped Ea Lla Koto lift the 2018 Ned­bank Cup, will see his con­tract with Sun­downs come to an end on June 30; how­ever, he could land up spend­ing the sec­ond half of the 2018/19 season on loan with Stars, and ul­ti­mately land a per­ma­nent con­tract ahead of the 2019/20 cam­paign.

Ngob­eni has not fea­tured in a sin­gle com­pet­i­tive game for Sun­downs since his re­turn to the club this year, hav­ing to com­pete for a place in the team with the likes of Reyaad Pi­eterse, Kennedy Mweene and the Brazil­ians’ num­ber one, De­nis Onyango.

In­di­ca­tions are that the loan move be­tween Downs and Stars will be con­cluded in the com­ing months and an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment could be made in the first week of Jan­uary, should talks run smoothly.

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