Chiefs take lead in race for Mathoho
KAIZER Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns have intensified their bid to sign Bafana Bafana and Bloemfontein Celtic defender Mulomowandau Mathoho after Orlando Pirates pulled out of the race.
Sowetan has learnt that the lanky defender is keen to join Chiefs despite his employers preferring the offer from free-spending Sundowns.
"Tower (Mathoho) met the management of Celtic on Wednesday where he made it clear that his heart was in Naturena," said a source close to the player.
"He is convinced that he will get game time at Chiefs, as compared with Sundowns. Celtic want him to go to Sundowns because of the money factor. It goes without saying that Sundowns will pay more than Chiefs for the boy but Celtic are under pressure because his heart is at Naturena."
Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco confirmed that Pirates, Sundowns and Chiefs had approached them for the services of Mathoho.
"For the record, let me state that it is not our intention to sell Mathoho but Pirates, Chiefs and Sundowns want to buy him and have all approached us to this effect," Konco said.
"We are still waiting for them to come back to us with offers."
However, Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has pulled out of the race.
While Sundowns could not be reached for comment, Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung has already confirmed that he wanted to see Mathoho in Naturena next season.
Chiefs are also believed to be chasing Santos striker Erwin Isaacs.