modubi a hit at westerlo

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Belgian soccer giants KVC Westerlo have shown their faith in Bafana Bafana defensive midfielder Masilo Modubi by asking him to extend his stay with the club.

"Yes, they [Westerlo] have made it loud and clear they want me to remain at the club and negotiations are under way to that effect," said Modubi yesterday.

The former Transnet Football School of Excellence product also confirmed that three other European clubs were chasing his signature. He refused to name the clubs, as he is still contracted to the Belgian outfit.

Modubi arrived in the country on Sunday to represent Bafana Bafana against Chile at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane tomorrow at 8.30pm.

"For now I'm focusing on my soccer career so that I do not lose focus. My agents are handling all the issues relating to my future plans."

On the prospect of playing in his home town of Polokwane for the first time in 12 years, Modubi said: "It will be a great honour. The last time I played there was when I was still part of the Ria Stars development team."

Modubi said he had no immediate plans to come back to South Africa after leaving the country in 2003 to join English side Chelsea.

Chelsea loaned him, Jeffrey Ntuka and Boy-Boy Mosia to KVC Westerlo. Ntuka and Mosia have since returned home, where Ntuka plays for Kaizer Chiefs and Mosia is clubless.

Modubi is one of four South Africans playing in Belgium. The others are Elrio Van Heerden (Brugge), Asansa Sishuba (Moeskron) and Anele Ngongca (Genk).

Sthembiso Ngcobo, who was yesterday named the Absa Premiership player of the month for January, had not reported for camp at the time of going to press.

Sipho Nkumane, Bafana Bafana manager, said last night: "We were aware that Sthembiso attended the awards ceremony earlier on the day, but the problem is we can't get him. His mobile phone has been continuously on voice mail."

Bryce Moon, who is based in Greece, is expected in the country this morning. Some of the household names in Polokwane include Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Tsepo Masilela, Elrio van Heerden and Nasief Morris.

Speaking after their first training session in Polokwane last night, Bafana Bafana players vowed to register their sixth consecutive victory tomorrow.