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'katlego is ours'

By unknown | Jan 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

While the debate over his supposed move to Mamelodi Sundowns continues to rage on, Katlego Mphela's team has made it clear: the player is staying put.

SuperSport United's Public Relations Officer David Sikhosana yesterday refuted claims that their Tshwane neighbours will pay R4 million for Mphela, in a deal that also involves striker Lungisani Ndlela moving over to United.

According to Sikhosana, the only offers the team would consider at this stage would be from overseas teams.

"My chairman, Khulu Sibiya has made it clear that there will be no player leaving the club until the end of the season. Katlego Mphela is not going to Sundowns, so talk of the so-called deal between the two clubs must stop.

"Yes, Sundowns were interested, but their offer was turned down," Sikhosana said.

Sikhosana said the player would not be moving to any local team, anytime soon.

"We spent a lot of money bringing Katlego here from France, and we have a contract with him until 2011. We cannot then dispose of him at the drop of a hat.

"We have noticed that every time the team occupy a favourable spot on the league, talk of unhappy players or anything negative comes up."

He accused some people in the soccer fraternity of being intent on destabilising his team.

"We are not a breeding ground for other teams. We want to win the league and the unfounded rumours must stop now."

Sundowns spokesman Daniel Mudau referred Sowetan to coach Gordon Igesund, who did not respond to messages left on his phone.


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