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Mputu's price puts off Downs

By unknown | Aug 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

DRC club TP Mazembe have scared off Mamelodi Sundowns by putting a huge price tag on the head of their deadly striker, Tresor Mabi Mputu.

Sowetan has reliably learnt that Mazembe are demanding R14,1 million (ß1,5 million) for Mputu, who scored nine goals in six games between the first and third rounds of the current CAF Champions League.

After his team bombed out of the third round of the Champions League, Mputu has not taken his foot off the pedal and has bulged the net four times in the Confederations Cup, including twice against Sundowns.

Sundowns would not confirm or deny the figure yesterday.

"We have not really gone anywhere with the deal. I think there is something wrong with the agent [Bajo Bajani]. I am told the boy had a deal signed and sealed with Anderlecht [of Belgium] last season but he later withdrew," said Sundowns' executive director Afzal Khan.

"He has gone on to quote different prices to different teams around the continent, ranging from 500 000 to 900 000 euros."

Sundowns coach Gordon Igesund is said to be a fan of the pint-sized striker.

Igesund has been quoted saying that he needed Mputu now that they were not sure if Venezuelan Jose Torrealba, with whom Sundowns have a contractual dispute, would be available for the new season.

Bajani was recently quoted as saying Mazembe were prepared to release Mputo only to European clubs.

"If he comes to South Africa, it will only be in December as his team is still involved in the Confederations Cup," Bajani was quoted as saying.

In their second group game, Mazembe are home to Cameroon side Astres Douala on Saturday evening.


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