Ev­ery­one has their own agenda

We have il­lus­trated ex­am­ples of what the Siya crew has to face with cubs on a daily ba­sis as they pro­tect their own in­ter­est and agen­das. It’s not unique to the me­dia or clubs in South Africa. It hap­pens all over the world, and the ex­am­ples il­lus­trated be

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Soli­nas, Carteron talk as Mid­den­dorp came in

It is thought one of the rea­sons why Kaizer Chiefs play­ers lost faith in Gio­vanni Soli­nas was the con­stant re­minder that the Ital­ian was never the club’s first choice. To an ex­tent, he’d long been un­der­mined by chair­man Kaizer Mo­taung when he told jour­nal­ists in Septem­ber that the Ital­ian was quite pos­si­bly hired be­cause he was their only vi­able op­tion as they ran out of time to re­place Steve Kom­phela be­fore the start of a new cam­paign.

The Siya crew then re­vealed in early Novem­ber that Soli­nas was fac­ing early pres­sure at the club and had sub­se­quently been in­formed that the club was as­sess­ing op­tions to re­place the Ital­ian.

At the time, Chiefs’ foot­ball man­ager, Bobby Mo­taung, told TimesLIVE, “There’s noth­ing of such. I think it’s just spec­u­la­tion – it’s me­dia spec­u­la­tion. We have not en­gaged with any other coach. We have got a coach at the mo­ment.”

If the club had been look­ing to change their head coach, it’s un­der­stand­able why they would deny the news de­spite it be­ing true. No club will want to dis­rupt the team or the tech­ni­cal bench - up un­til a fi­nal de­ci­sion is made.

The Siya crew was then in­formed that Chiefs were in talks with Pa­trice Carteron’s camp, only days be­fore Ernst Mid­den­dorp was an­nounced as the new Chiefs head coach. Mo­taung has since de­nied any cor­re­spon­dence with the French­man.

“I am the one re­spon­si­ble for con­tact­ing coaches, even if the man­date is from the club. But I have never con­tacted him and I have never con­tacted his agent,” Mo­taung told Kick­Off.

“I have never met the guy, I have never in­ter­viewed him. So there’s noth­ing of such.”

Carteron, how­ever, had con­firmed of­fers from both Mamelodi Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs be­fore taking the job with Al Ahly, in Egypt, ear­lier this year, while Carteron’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in South Africa con­firmed talks with the Soweto giants to the Siya crew ear­lier in the month.

Karabo Mathang of P Man­age­ment, who rep­re­sent Carteron in South Africa, con­firmed to the Siya crew last week that they had been in talks, “Yes, we were talk­ing to Chiefs about him (Pa­trice Carteron) and we were wait­ing to hear back from them. That’s where it ended.”

Cas­tro de­nied, Ngoma al­most fell apart

Chiefs also de­nied be­ing in­ter­ested in striker Leonardo Cas­tro. The Siya crew first broke the news in January of 2017, in “Chiefs sniff­ing around for Cas­tro” story – a year be­fore they even­tu­ally con­firmed it.

Amakhosi de­nied any in­ter­est in the player lead­ing up to the trans­fer, but in January of 2018, the player was con­firmed as a Chiefs player.

The club would not have been in a po­si­tion to con­firm any in­ter­est un­less they had ap­proached Sun­downs, due to the fact the Colom­bian was un­der con­tract.

The Aubrey Ngoma to Mamelodi Sun­downs saga is a case in point. Of course the winger ended up be­com­ing a Downs player, but the two par­ties very nearly walked away from con­clud­ing a deal be­cause coach Pitso Mosimane pre­ma­turely dis­cussed what was go­ing on be­hind the scenes, much to the ire of Cape Town City boss John Comi­tis, who wrote a letter slam­ming the Brazil­ians and ac­cus­ing them of tap­ping up the player.

Ker­mit who?

Most re­cently, City pa­raded striker Ker­mit Eras­mus, but Comi­tis had de­lib­er­ately de­nied any in­ter­est in the player just days be­fore. Comi­tis ques­tioned, ‘Ker­mit who?’ when asked of the in­ter­est by Kick­Off.

It’s a mas­sive – yet un­ex­pected – sign­ing. The Mother City out­fit have of­ten played the ig­no­rant cousin to news about their player move­ments. But was it nec­es­sary to deny it? They will ar­gue it was.

For in­stance, Sun­downs were ap­par­ently in on the player too, un­til the very last minute, and it made com­plete sense to them to not give their po­si­tion away.

Comi­tis made it clear that a club can­not con­firm un­til the very end. “Un­til that last doc­u­ment is signed, it can go ei­ther way. You can­not con­firm a deal un­til you hold the signed con­tract in your hand.”

Silva took a plane to Gaut­eng in­stead

Toni Silva had both Sun­downs and City as op­tions prior to his move to the PSL, but in the end, chose the Brazil­ians in an­other ex­am­ple of things chang­ing at a drop of a hat.

This il­lus­trates how quickly a deal can change di­rec­tion.

Silva was ex­pected in Cape Town. All in­di­ca­tions were that he had agreed to join the Cit­i­zens... all that was miss­ing was the sig­na­ture.

It was leaked that he was about to sign for City, and the club lost their po­si­tion, which al­lowed Sun­downs the op­por­tu­nity to snatch the player from un­der their noses.

It’s not unique to Mzansi. Re­mem­ber how Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur were out­raged at how Chelsea hi­jacked their Wil­lian deal five years ago?

‘Se­crecy is king’…you don’t want to be em­bar­rassed

PSL teams in­sist they have their in­tegrity to pro­tect, even when the news have long been leaked or ex­ten­sively re­ported on. One of the clubs that has made it stan­dard prac­tice to wait un­til the very last minute to dis­close what may ap­pear as cru­cial and press­ing in­for­ma­tion by the pub­lic or the press is Bid­vest Wits – and CEO Jose Fer­reira told the Siya crew that “se­crecy is king”.

“You don’t want to let the cat out of the bag pre­ma­turely. And part of it is that you don’t want to be em­bar­rassed,” Fer­reira ex­plained. “It has hap­pened be­fore that an­other club only ever has an in­ter­est in a par­tic­u­lar player be­cause you are sud­denly keen on them.

“So se­crecy is king – you have got to pro­tect your in­ter­est and make sure that who­ever you are try­ing to bring on board, a coach or a player, is not vic­timised by their cur­rent em­ployer. It hap­pens all the time.”

Pi­rates try to con­trol leaks

If there is any team in the coun­try that is ex­tremely good at play­ing their cards close to their chest, it’s Or­lando Pi­rates. Chair­man Irvin Khoza has of­ten boasted to the me­dia about be­ing able to deny them a scoop – set­ting enough sus­pense to give his press con­fer­ences the kind of hype that is de­serv­ing of break­ing news. Floyd Mbele, the club’s top ad­min­is­tra­tor and Khoza’s right hand man, says bow­ing to the pres­sure of the pub­lic isn’t worth hurt­ing a po­ten­tially good deal.

“You need to be aware that there may be other fac­tors that have an im­pact of a par­tic­u­lar trans­ac­tion. It is never an easy process. For in­stance, you need to check whether you are not in breach of a pre­vi­ous con­tract if you are sign­ing a new coach or a player – are there other con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions that you could have ig­nored? It is the same even when some­one comes at the end of the sea­son,” Mbele said.

“The sea­son ends in May, but a con­tract runs un­til June 30 so there are obli­ga­tions to be com­pleted and that needs to be taken into ac­count – that team can sus­pend you and that then com­pli­cates your next trans­fer. We try to con­trol leaks, but when that’s not pos­si­ble, it is still the club’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to do things in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner. If you do what is right, there can never be pres­sure.”

If there are leaks, cur­rent em­ploy­ers can make it dif­fi­cult

When there were re­ports of the sale of Free State Stars, there was hardly a mur­mur from the club. It was only when it be­came crys­tal clear that the pos­si­ble pur­chase by an un­named con­sor­tium had fallen through that Ea Lla Koto broke their si­lence. Rantsi Mokoena, the club’s gen­eral man­ager, says this was done purely be­cause things can change with a blink of an eye.

“It’s simple re­ally, I have learnt that un­til you have signed doc­u­ments you don’t an­nounce anything,” Mo­kena ar­gued. “This is foot­ball and things can turn very quickly. Re­mem­ber that clubs do lo­cal deals with each other from time to time – and if there are leaks, cur­rent em­ploy­ers can make it dif­fi­cult for the per­son on the way out.” ❐

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