Su­perS­port to re-visit Mat­laba in­ter­est? Ndlovu to de­cide on Downs move at end of sea­son

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Or­lando Pi­rates’ Thabo Mat­laba is again be­ing linked with a po­ten­tial move to Su­perS­port United, as the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow ap­proaches.

Ear­lier this year, in Au­gust, Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori were one of the clubs linked with the ex­pe­ri­enced player, as re­ported in edi­tion 1089 of Soc­cer Lad­uma. The Buc­ca­neers had pre­vi­ously agreed to send the player on loan to Chippa United for the 2018/ 19 sea­son, which was con­firmed by the Port

Ac­cord­ing to Siya sources in the know, Siph­e­sihle Ndlovu will only de­cide on his pro­posed Mamelodi Sun­downs move at the end of the sea­son.

As re­ported in the past, Mar­itzburg United and Sun­downs have agreed on terms for the trans­fer of Ndlovu at the end of the 2018/19 sea­son, although the KwaZulu-Natal­based club’s chair­man, Fa­rook Kado­dia, con­firmed in lo­cal me­dia that the player had not yet agreed on the move with the Brazil­ians.

Siya sources have since in­formed the crew that Ndlovu has still not agreed on any deal El­iz­a­beth-based out­fit at the time – how­ever, Mat­laba re­mained with Bucs in an at­tempt to fight for his place in coach Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic’s set-up.

So far this sea­son, Mat­laba has made seven starts out of the 11 Absa Premier­ship matches played by the Buc­ca­neers to date, though the 30-year-old has not fea­tured in any of the team’s cup matches.

The Tem­bisa-born player has also been ex­cluded from Bucs’ 27-man squad for the ini­tial stages of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League, and with player’s fu­ture at the club un­cer­tain, sources have in­di­cated that clubs are track­ing the player.

“Su­perS­port United is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion with Thabo Mat­laba at Pi­rates. There is in­ter­est in the player from the club,” said the source.

Mat­laba was also linked with Kaizer Chiefs, while Mamelodi Sun­downs were be­lieved to have also been show­ing in­ter­est in the player dur­ing the July/ Au­gust trans­fer win­dow. with Sun­downs and is fo­cused on see­ing out the cur­rent cam­paign with Mar­itzburg be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion.

It is ev­i­dent that Sun­downs and Mar­itzburg have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship, with the Team of Choice re­cently trans­fer­ring Le­bo­hang Maboe to the Brazil­ians, while Yan­nick Zakri and Keletso Mak­galwa moved in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Ndlovu, who scooped the Absa Premier­ship Young Player of the Sea­son as well as the Mid­fielder of the Sea­son award last sea­son, has also been linked with a move abroad, with Siya sources in­di­cat­ing at the time that the 22-year-old would pre­fer a move to Europe over a trans­fer else­where h in i the PSL.

Now, it re­mains to be seen what will come of the player’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture at the end of the sea­son, although as things stand, Ndlovu will re­main at Mar­itzburg, with the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow just over a month away from of­fi­cially open­ing.

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