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Masango stay­ing? Tin­kler still to make a call

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MO­HAU RAMASHIDJA

MANDLA MASANGO’S future at Su­per­Sport United will all de­pend on whether Eric Tin­kler is keen on hav­ing the player in his squad lead­ing up to the new sea­son or not.

The 27-year old Bafana Bafana in­ter­na­tional,

joined Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori on a loan deal in the mid­dle of last sea­son from his Dan­ish side, Ran­ders FC, af­ter it was re­ported that he was not happy there, and that he was keen on re­unit­ing with his former coach, Stu­art Bax­ter, whom he worked with at Kaizer Chiefs be­fore.

That re­union at Su­per­Sport though, could only last for, in­ter­est­ingly enough, the agreed upon six months, as the Scots­man was later ap­pointed the new Bafana head coach.

Su­per­Sport chair­man, Khulu Sibiya, stated that the de­ci­sion on keep­ing Masango at the club was not en­tirely up to him, as he still has to sit down with his new coach, Tin­kler, to hear whether he’d be in­ter­ested in keep­ing the player or not. Masango’s loan deal con­tract with Mat­sat­santsa will ex­pire at the end of this month.

“Mandla Masango’s case is not re­solved as yet,” Sibiya said. “He joined us in the mid­dle of the sea­son on a six­month loan deal and ac­cord­ing to the con­tract, he’s still a Ran­ders’ player. They are the ones who have the power as to whether to sell him or not, not us. He has only a few days left with us un­til his future is de­cided.

“But then again,” Sibiya added, “you have this is­sue of the new coach com­ing in. Bax­ter just left us for Bafana fol­low­ing our (4-1) vic­tory over Pi­rates in Dur­ban (this past week­end), and Tin­kler is still to make changes in his squad. He still has to present to me his over­all anal­y­sis of the squad and de­cide on which play­ers he’d like to keep, buy or re­lease lead­ing up to the new sea­son.”

Mean­while, Safa me­dia of­fi­cer Mahlo­mola Mo­rake stated that there was noth­ing that Safa could do when it comes to clubs de­cid­ing not to re­lease their play­ers for this on­go­ing Cosafa tour­na­ment in Rusten­burg, as it doesn’t fall un­der the Fifa cal­en­dar. Both Masango and Le­bo­gang Phiri of French Ligue 1 side, Guingamp, were not re­leased by their re­spec­tive teams, forc­ing Bax­ter to make two al­ter­ations in his squad by bring­ing in Mo­hau Mokate (Mar­itzburg United) and Jamie Webber (Stel­len­bosch FC) as re­place­ments for both play­ers.

Bafana have been in camp since last Fri­day, and will lock horns with ei­ther Malawi, Tan­za­nia, Mau­ri­tius or An­gola in their quar­ter-fi­nal on Sun­day at Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium.

Goal­keep­ers:

Boalefa Pule (Su­per­Sport United); Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs); Dar­ren John­son (Ajax Cape Town)

Lorenzo Gordinho (Kaizer Chiefs); In­no­cent Maela (Thanda Royal Zulu); Ter­cious

De­fend­ers:

Malepe (Orlando Pi­rates); Mario Booy­sen (Su­per­Sport United); Mothobi Mvala (High­lands Park); Sandile Mthethwa (Pi­rates); Thendo Mukumela (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City); Mo­hau Mokate (Mar­itzburg United); Lehl­o­gonolo Masalesa (Larissa, Greece); Jamie Webber (Stel­len­bosch FC); Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Ar­rows); Si­bon­gakonke Mbatha (Bid­vest Wits); Le­bo­gang Maboe (Mar­itzburg United); Thabo Cele (Real Clubbe FC, Por­tu­gal)

Ju­das Moseamedi (Cape Town City FC); Liam Jor­dan (Sport­ing Lisbon, Por­tu­gal)

Mid­field­ers: Strik­ers:

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