Three PSL clubs linked to Bucs’ Makola

Soccer Laduma - - Weekly Roundup -

Two starts from 14 matches played by Or­lando Pi­rates in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this sea­son wouldn’t be the statis­tic that an ex­pe­ri­enced player like Mpho Makola would be happy about go­ing into the end of the first half of the 2018/19 sea­son.

Bibo, as Makola is known in foot­ball cir­cles, has been lim­ited to watch­ing from the bench for the most part of the sea­son, with the likes of Xola Mlambo and Ben Motshwari the pre­ferred op­tions in the mid­dle of the park. How­ever, the fact that he played against Kaizer Chiefs in the re­cent Soweto Derby proves that he is still a high pro­file player at the club.

In con­text, with the player’s lack of game-time, Siya sources have in­di­cated that Makola is be­ing mon­i­tored by no less than three clubs, in­clud­ing Bid­vest Wits.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously been linked with a move to Wits, in­di­ca­tions are that the Braam­fontein-based side could look at sign­ing Makola, should the op­por­tu­nity arise. It is be­lieved that The Stu­dents could make changes to their squad dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow and open the door for Makola.

“Wits is still in­ter­ested in Makola. The club have al­ways been ad­mir­ers of the player and you could ex­pect an ap­proach from them for him,” said the source.

Chippa United and Baroka FC are also keep­ing close tabs on him and have, ac­cord­ing to Siya sources, made in­for­mal en­quires into his avail­abil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the source, both clubs are keen on him and could make a for­mal of­fer for his sig­na­ture dur­ing the Jan­uary the trans­fer win­dow.

The 32-year-old has also been linked to Cape Town City in the past, though in­di­ca­tions at the mo­ment are that he is not on the Cape-based side’s lists of tar­gets. That, how­ever, could change as we ap­proach Jan­uary.

Makola’s con­tract with Pi­rates is set to ex­pire in June 2020, af­ter the Soweto gi­ants ex­er­cised the one-year op­tions on the player’s deal in Jan­uary this year.

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