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Downs snub R14m Mphela bid

2010-08-19 13:29

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns have reportedly refused an improved R14m offer from Terek Grozny for star striker Katlego Mphela.

The Russian club doubled their original bid on Tuesday, without success, according to the player's agent Steven Kapeluschnik.

"I went back to the club [in Russia] for an improved offer for Mphela, but on Tuesday, Sundowns rejected the improved offer, which might be some sort of a record for a South African club to be offered R14m," he was quoted as saying by the Times Live website.

"They have failed to discuss why they can't accept the offer and it looks like Mphela will be playing in the PSL this season."

Mphela, who has 18 goals in 36 matches for South Africa, has been in demand since top-scoring in the Premier Soccer League last season and impressing at the recent World Cup.

Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers have also declared their interest in the former FC Strasbourg man.

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  • No 9 - 2010-08-19 13:42

    Ke sono

  • SicknTired - 2010-08-19 13:45

    This is sickening, why are they keeping these boys, they should let them go and explore internationally. Come end of next season Mphela will be a forgotten story and his goal scoring rain would be dry. So let him go now, while he still has confidence

  • SicknTired - 2010-08-19 13:46

    This is sickening, why are they keeping these boys, they should let them go and explore internationally. Come end of next season Mphela will be a forgotten story and his goal scoring rain would be dry. So let him go now, while he still has confidence

  • uche - 2010-08-19 13:49

    aibo sundowns....let him...wat du u want them to do nw....u want them to triple the offer aibo

  • Majozi - 2010-08-19 13:57

    I am a Sundowns fan but now think they are greedy not allowing the striker to go.Hope they pay him better than the foreign club as well as the signing fee due to him.

  • LL COOL J - 2010-08-19 14:02

    Sundowns i'm ur biggest fan but now u really holding to player's for no apparent reason let him go, will always get something better

  • lolo - 2010-08-19 14:14

    Why should anyone be surprised by Sundowns' attitude. They have always been the one club that has been intent on destroying South Africa's promissing players. Think way back when they wanted a ridiculous amount for Zane Moosa,. When they cost us world class nternational players by benching Manqoba Ngwenya, Vilakazi, Kurt lentjies, Spencer. Now they bought Cale for R5m but the guy has hardly featured for them ever since he left Ajax. I feel sorry for that Ngobeni kid that showed promise last season.

  • Rhulane Stanford Nkuzana - 2010-08-19 14:15

    I suspect the player himself does not want to ply his trade in Russia considering that one can count on the fingers of one hand the number of capable players who play in that league.If this kind of offer had come from La Liga, Italy or England his club would have grabbed it with both hands.

  • lolo - 2010-08-19 14:19

    Why should anyone be surprised by Sundowns' attitude. They have always been the one club that has been intent on destroying South Africa's promissing players. Think way back when they wanted a ridiculous amount for Zane Moosa,. When they cost us world class nternational players by benching Manqoba Ngwenya, Vilakazi, Kurt lentjies, Spencer, Zothwane. Now they bought Cale for R5m but the guy has hardly featured for them ever since he left Ajax. I feel sorry for that Ngobeni kid that showed promise last season.

  • Shaddy Masakeni - 2010-08-19 14:32

    That's very good decision by Sundowns, He worth more than that, anything less than R30M please refuse. Same thing applies to Siphiwe Tshabalala

  • Khutso - 2010-08-19 14:33

    This is now really unfair for Mphela. It is now greed and selfishness. 14m is not bad for a player of his magnitude. Please realise Mphela to go so that he gets exposure damet

  • Bucanneer - 2010-08-19 14:37

    I feel pity for you Mphela. Those donkies at sundowns are ruining your life time opportunity to shine abroad. They are driven by greed and selfishness. I wish all the best

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-08-19 14:39

    greed sundowns greed

  • Ikarus - 2010-08-19 14:55

    Go to Russia and freeze your *** off! Hold on for a move to England, Spain. Your making enough money is SA! Way more tha about 90% of us!

  • DISKI - 2010-08-19 15:07

    didnt sundowns get him for less than R 2 million from supersport?

  • KwaNation - 2010-08-19 15:37

    He must go to the Premium league, we don't get russian coverage. What happened to Birmingham!

  • Ortega - 2010-08-19 16:16

    The president of Sundowns has said that there is an urgent need to revolutionise players' salaries,now there is a need for transfer fees e.t.c. If Mphela was not valuable no one should be pursuing him.I trust Sundowns in business decision in terms of the players interests,unfortunately the players & supporters may feel hard done,but its in the interest of both.Mphela is still contracted to Sundowns and as such he has an obligation to honour that or Sundowns can let him go at their own prize - what they deem fit for the both player and the team.Being pursued by some overseas teams does not release players from contracts(Sundowns benefit) and also an expected offer can release a player from a contract(both parties benefit),out of sympathy yes Sundowns should release him at whatever prize but sympathy has no home in business.

  • Koos - 2010-08-19 17:10

    Clubs should remember that there are a lot of quality players from European countries and South America available. Players are not only those that competedin the SWC. In Africa for example Mali, Egypt etc and Europe Croatia have players who are good enough but no WC. The competition is tough out there. We need SA players in the top leagues of Euorpe. This will help Bafana Bafana, Olympic team and the U 20 squads to start dominating African and World Soccer. From the look of things the country is losing big time. Soccer is about all the competitions on the continent and the world stage.

  • Cityslicker - 2010-08-20 06:29

    Oh, shame on my "beloved" Sundowns. Towards the mid soccer season, Killer will be deemed as "a surplus to requirements" because of this this "snub". He will obviously not perform to his potential after he "saw the light at the end of the tunnel".

  • victor - 2010-08-20 08:01

    If i was a footballer in S A i would only sing for 1year at our clubs, they are killing all our players dreams, bloody basterds, let our players go play were they wanto go play!

  • TD - 2010-08-20 09:41

    Much as a whole lot of people are complaining that club "don't want players to go", I feel at the end of the day there's no devlopment per se that is happening in SA soccer. When was the last time that a team in SA went as far as the quarter finals of CAF competitions? Look at Egypt and how they dominate on the African landscape and the success of their league teams translates also to the success of the Pharaohs. Cote de Voire for all their "stars" have failed to shine as a team because there are good as individuals and not as a team. we can export a lot of individuals to the detriment of Bafana in the long run. Look at Spain at the European Championships and SWC, most of their players are indeed playing together in Spain and mirror that to the success of Barca and Atletico Madrid last season. Look at the Boks- How many players have they ''farmed out"? The bulk of the Bok World cup winning team was playing at home together and look at the success of the SA teams in the Super 14

  • gav - 2010-08-20 11:34

    I`am glad they snub it because who watches Russian Football besides the Russians,if he goes there he might be forgotton.so i say he should wait and see if a side in Spain or England might want him,it is far better exposure for him

  • TPluz - 2010-08-20 19:09

    I wonder how many years are left on his contract with Sundowns.The worst that could happen for 'Downs is that he refuses to sign an extension on his current contract and at the end leave on a free.In any case,can someone explain to me how players' worth is calculated?

  • keletso - 2010-08-22 21:57

    @tpluz.... Its calculatd accordin to his history + da number of years left in his contract+ age..... Wel dats hw its down thru out da world dnt knw bout s.a cuz we havnt had much success in selln players .....

  • FP - 2010-08-25 10:38

    what the hell do they want. Sundowns is full of stingy people who understand nothing about playing soccer

  • darkchylde - 2010-08-25 11:02

    We need our players to get international exposure against world class competition... holding on to all these players is damaging the game...

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