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Khumalo won't go for cheap

2010-08-26 12:09

Johannesburg - SuperSport United chairperson Khulu Sibiya has warned English giants Tottenham Hotspur that defender Bongani Khumalo will not come cheap.

The Bafana Bafana star returns to South Africa on Thursday following a trial with the Champions League outfit and Sibiya expects to discover shortly whether Harry Redknapp's charges will table an offer for the 23-year-old.

"Of all my top players, Bongani was the only one who had never been overseas. However, if Tottenham want Bongani they should be prepared to put a good offer on the table," Sibiya told the Sowetan.

This follows a recent trend by PSL bosses to make sure that they receive adequate funds for the transfer of their players to European clubs.

He continued: "The offer should reflect that they believe in the player. This will be reflected in what they put on the table and as SuperSport United we should be assured the boy is going places.

"There is a trend for Africans to be undervalued while the attitude is different for, say, a player from Russia."

Sibiya pointed to interest showed in Mozambique international Elias Pelembe before he joined Mamelodi Sundowns from Matsatsantsa.

"When Elias Pelembe was here, top Portuguese team Benfica wanted him to come for trials. Pelembe told them that since they had his tapes and had heard everything about him from their own scout, they should have signed him outright if they wanted him. There is a procedure with clubs in Africa that I'm uncomfortable with," Sibiya concluded. 

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  • Elliot - 2010-08-26 12:21

    I see another deal falling through here because of the greed of soccer bosses in SA. Why are these people destroying the careers of our players??????????

  • Elliot - 2010-08-26 12:22

    I see another deal falling through here because of the greed of soccer bosses in SA. Why are these people destroying the careers of our players??????????

  • Elliot - 2010-08-26 12:32

    I see another deal falling through here because of the greed of soccer bosses in SA. Why are these people destroying the careers of our players??????????

  • Qminati - 2010-08-26 13:20

    Well said Mr Sibiya...slavery was abolished over a century ago. These European clubs must take their peanuts and rather go and try buying monkeys to play for them. There was a time when African players were desperate to play abroad because of the riches and fame that normally accompanies such a move. However, we also have fully fledged professional set ups here, and out clubs must be compensated for identifying and nurturing the talent that they now want to poach from us. That is already the case in Europe where smaller clubs sell their brightest prospects to the bigger clubs, where after they would receive compensation on future transfers of the same player...ensures that they too are able to develop further and hone more talent for the future. Tottenham must pay what Khumalo is worth, finish and klaar!!! If Supersport do not believe that their price is right, let the next suitor come along and make the purchase. After all, the price that a club is prepared to pay for a player is a direct indication of how much they value him...and will go to further his career at that club.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-26 13:55

    @ Elliot: Bongani is a classy defender and will make it over there. Brazillian clubs hold potential buyers to ransom for their young players, who may, or may not cut it in the big leagues in Europe. But the European clubs pay it anyway. Judging by what I've seen of him, he is at least a 2-4 million pound defender. Tottenham would probably like to pay 2-4 million Rand for him which is the price of lower tier English footballers. Bongani is way better, IMO.

  • SoccerLover - 2010-08-26 14:03

    These are good words, but they are wrong coming from a man in his position, waiting to discuss his player's possible move. Wrong timing for good words

  • THE GAFFER - 2010-08-26 14:47

    AW I WISH I COULD SAY IM GOING TO SEE BONGANI PLAY FOR SPURS THIS SEASON BUT DONT THINK SO IT WAS GOOD OF SUPERSPORT TO LET HIM GO I LOVE SUPER SPORT DONT GET ME WRONG. I SPEAK TO GLEN SAMON OFTEN BUT THEY GOING TO ASK ALOT THE TRANSFER MARKET CLOSES SOON

  • the gaffa - 2010-08-26 14:54

    THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN TO PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THERE IS NO OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN WHO IS IN THAT LEAGUE !! I MAY BE UNDER CORRECTION BUT TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE ISNT A PLAYER AT THE MOMENT

  • BongstaM - 2010-08-26 15:42

    Qminati,you are the slave!!Free yourself!!So its ok that local teams exploit players and pay R1 million or get a player for free but then demand 10 million to sell the player!!Maybe they are worried about the last SA player that Spurs paid 10 million for,OJ Mabuzela,got drunk,took drugs missed training for 2 weeks!! Besides SA football standard is so poor!!Mr Sibaya dont stand in the players way and enslave him,give him the chance to prove himself and uplift the poor image of SA players

  • brengunner - 2010-08-27 08:44

    true elliot,true

  • Bob - 2010-08-27 14:29

    The reason Benfica wanted a trial is because regardless of who Pelembe played against on those tapes they were surely of a poorer quality than whatever Benfica had in their reserve team. They would have wanted to see how good he was against decent opposition. He told them to take a hike, so they took their money elsewhere, and look where he is today; nowhere. Wake up, Sibiya, buddy; the European clubs know a lot more about football than you do.

  • Squire - 2010-08-27 15:05

    @the gaffa Actually there are :- Bernard Parker - FC Twente Macbeth Sibaya - Rubin Kazan Bevan Fransman - Hapoel Telaviv

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