Bucs spurn Baroka’s TK over­tures

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE “If you look at our last eight matches we only lost one – to La­montville Golden Ar­rows. This shows that we got our mo­men­tum late. Ob­vi­ously we are not go­ing to be fooled by those re­sults. “We will go to the mar­ket and get some ex­pe­ri­ence

OR­LANDO Pi­rates have re­jected a bid from Baroka FC for their for­mer marks­man Thabiso Ku­tumela.

Two sea­son ago Ku­tumela pro­pelled Baroka to top flight foot­ball and won the ‘golden boot’ as top scorer in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion as Baroka were crowned the NFD cham­pi­ons.

His dis­plays at­tracted Pi­rates, who signed him be­fore the end of 2015/16 sea­son.

But the striker strug­gled to find his feet at the Buc­ca­neers and spent most of last sea­son warm­ing the bench. This led to spec­u­la­tion that he might be loaned out this up­com­ing sea­son.

Mor­gan Mam­mila, Baroka’s CEO, con­firmed the club were in­ter­ested in Ku­tumela, but their bid was re­jected.

“I don’t see Thabiso Ku­tumela com­ing to us. He be­longs to Pi­rates.

“They didn’t give him to us. We un­der­stand their rea­sons and we ac­cepted them. They have a plan for him, and we can’t fault Pi­rates for that. We were in­ter­ested in the player but there’s noth­ing we can do if they have a plan for him,” Mam­mila lamented.

Last sea­son Ku­tumela ap­peared in 10 matches for Pi­rates in all com­pe­ti­tions, net­ting one goal.

Baroka, with­out Ku­tumela’s goals, al­most got rel­e­gated, only re­tain­ing their PSL sta­tus by win­ning the Pro­mo­tional Play-offs af­ter fin­ish­ing in 15th po­si­tion on the log.

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