Bafana player in tug of war be­tween agents

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MI­NENHLE MKHIZE Dur­ban

AMAZULU gen­eral man­ager Lunga Sokhela has or­dered new sign­ing Michael Mor­ton to sort out his life.

The util­ity player who joined Usuthu last week from Su­perS­port United has two agents – Mike Makaab and Steve Kapeluschnik – claim­ing to be his man­ager.

Sokhela said the bat­tle for the player’s own­er­ship won’t jeop­ar­dise his con­tract with them.

“It’s not a com­pli­cated mat­ter. Yes there are is­sues on Michael’s side re­gard­ing his agent but it is not go­ing to hin­der the deal. We’ve signed ev­ery­thing with him,” Sokhela said. “It’s up to the player to sort out his life. It is crit­i­cal that he sorts out this mat­ter so that we can fo­cus on foot­ball.”

While Makaab would not want to com­ment on who man­ages the player, he said he was in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the deal.

“No com­ment, let’s talk foot­ball,” he said “We are meet­ing with AmaZulu to­mor­row to fi­nalise the deal.”

Kapeluschnik said: “I can’t com­ment about Mor­ton mat­ter. I will deal with it in the right fo­rums.”

Ef­forts to get hold of Mor­ton proved fu­tile as his phone rang unan­swered and was later off.

Fresh from rep­re­sent­ing South Africa in the Chan qual­i­fier win against Botswana, the mid­fielder has been in­cluded in the squad for the next stage where Bafana Bafana will take on Zam­bia.

At AmaZulu, Mor­ton will be play­ing for his fifth pro­fes­sional club hav­ing pre­vi­ously donned the jer­seys of Or­lando Pi­rates, Bid­vest Wits, Mar­itzburg United and Su­perS­port.

At Usuthu he is go­ing to com­pete with the likes of Sa­muel Dar­poh, But­holezwe Ncube and Siyethemba Mn­guni. The club has al­ready signed Jab­u­lani Ncobeni, Sduduzo Dlamini, Siyabonga Mbatha, Ayab­ulela Kon­qobe (all from Thanda Royal Zulu), Mn­guni, Sa­dat Ouro-Ako­riko and Boalefa Pule.

Usuthu are now pur­su­ing the sig­na­ture of Bongi Ntuli.

“Both par­ties are keen to join each other. Bongi wants to come and play for us and we also want to have him in our squad but the fact of the mat­ter is that he is Mamelodi Sun­downs’ player,” Sokhela ex­plained.

AmaZulu are back in the top flight af­ter two sea­sons. They bought the sta­tus of Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) cham­pi­ons Thanda Royal Zulu. A lot of peo­ple in the foot­ball fra­ter­nity crit­i­cised that move, but Sokhela de­fended their pur­chase.

“Peo­ple need to un­der­stand that foot­ball is a busi­ness and it is that ap­proach that al­lowed us to raise the kind of spon­sor­ship we raised. It wasn’t go­ing to help the brand to stay in the lower di­vi­sion for another sea­son. It is good that a club from KwaZulu-Natal took the op­por­tu­nity (of buy­ing the sta­tus of Thanda Royal Zulu). We didn’t lose as a prov­ince and that is ex­cel­lent. In life there’s one thing that you should un­der­stand, there will al­ways be crit­ics. No mat­ter what you do peo­ple will al­ways find a way to crit­i­cise you.”

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