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Free State Stars were look­ing to beat Kaizer Chiefs and other PSL clubs to a striker from Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, but have failed in their bid to do so, ac­cord­ing to sources in the know.

The Siya crew pre­vi­ously re­ported on the in­ter­est from PSL clubs in Idriss Mbombo, from the DRC, who has been on a rich scor­ing form in Zam- bia for Nkana FC. Mbombo scored over 20 goals for the Zam­bian out­fit, which led to the player be­ing linked to Chiefs, Su­perS­port United and Baroka FC, amongst other PSL clubs.

The lat­est in­for­ma­tion reach­ing the Siya crew is that Ea Lla Koto re­cently tried to sign the player, and while the Beth­le­hem-based out­fit is be­lieved to have man­aged to bring the player to Mzansi two weeks ago, the deal fell through as the highly rated 22-year-old de­cided on sign­ing with Su­danese gi­ants, Al Hi­lal.

“Idriss Mbombo was here in South Africa two weeks ago. He ar­rived on a Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 23), af­ter they (Nkana) had played a week­end’s game against Power Dy­namos (on Oc­to­ber 21). He came here with his men­tor from DRC,” a source told the Siya crew.

“Af­ter land­ing at the O.R. Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the player was ac­com­pa­nied to Beth­le­hem, but af­ter a few days of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Stars, the player dis­ap­peared, only for the peo­ple who were in­volved in ne­go­ti­at­ing the deal on his be­half to be alerted of his sign­ing with a club in Su­dan for an of­fer of over R2 mil­lion,” added the source.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­mant, Stars were look­ing at of­fer­ing the player an at­trac­tive pack­age, in the re­gion of R1.5 mil­lion per an­num. Mbombo is said to have signed a two-year deal with Al Hi­lal, af­ter he scored 21 league goals for Nkana in 2018.

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