Sundowns dumps Booth

2011-06-22 13:41

Johannesburg - Matthew Booth will make a decision on his future next week after failing to be offered a new deal at Mamelodi Sundowns, with Santos rumoured to be leading the chase.

The former Bafana Bafana defender, 34, had hoped to win an extension to his contract at Chloorkop after almost completing his rehabilitation from a knee injury which wrecked the end of his season.

But after re-signing from Russian club Krylia Sovetov in 2009, Booth is now discussing his options and his agent Paul Mitchell expects him to join a new club next week.

However, he refused to confirm whether it would be with home-town club Santos.

"There's nothing signed just now but we hope we will have something sorted by next week," Mitchell told

"We're talking to a couple of clubs and Santos has been mentioned but at this stage I can't reveal anything.

"Matthew is still very much in demand because he is a good player. His clean sheets record at Sundowns speaks for itself.

"He still thinks he can play for at least another two years."

Having originally signed for the Brazilians in 1998 from Cape Town Spurs, Booth was part of the team that went on to win three successive PSL titles.

After captaining the Amaglug-glug side at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he spent seven years in Russia before returning home to join Sundowns and was a crucial part of the team's defence until he was injured against Bidvest Wits back on February 26.

But despite his setback, Mitchell revealed the veteran could be back in action in time for the start of the new season.

"He's running already so that is a good sign. Matthew is just concentrating on getting a new club now and is doing very well in rehabilitation so we expect him to be back playing by the end of August," he added.

"It's just one of those decisions that has been taken by Sundowns so his contract will end on June 30th."


  • Singata - 2011-06-22 13:52

    Good Lucky Lallas, I really one of yours since you were 19yrs boy for Cape Town Spurs.I am sure you will secure a contract soon and will be the pillars of your new employer's defense as I trust your abilities. Good Lucky my man.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-06-22 14:19

    Booth is a KAK player.

      Richard - 2011-06-22 14:25

      What makes him a 'KAK' player? I'll agree with you if its compared to the top 20 players in the PSL.

      Xidadjane - 2011-06-22 16:27

      Richard, Hope you are not offended. Polo... is just sharing his views. I think he was an ordinary player. Not someone to write home about. You cannot think about comparing him with the top 50.

      Little Jim - 2011-06-22 17:21

      Not only is he a KAK player but he is KAK ugly!

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  • cmtha - 2011-06-22 14:22

    Good riddance..I wish Nyandoro could follow soon.

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-22 14:52

    Good luck Matthew

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-06-22 14:54

    No surprises there, soccer is business. R150000 per month for an on and off 34 year old player? Motsepe is not stupid, a lesson to the likes of modise and mokoena. This is justice for all youngsters in the development side at sundowns.

  • Mulondo - 2011-06-22 15:55

    I hope he doesn't end up in the lower leagues, i really do, these old crocs are denying young up and coming players a chance to shine and prove themselves because the club owners are to focused on making the PSL for the grants instead of contributing in building SA football, well hey' i guess the sport has become somewhat a business now, thanks Mr Motsepe.

  • Xidadjane - 2011-06-22 16:32

    It is surprising because I have always known Sundowns to be an "Old Age Home" for players. Anyway, he is not actively playing and it will be will be stupid to sign a player who is recovering from an injury. He might not fully recover but still get paid for the entire contract. Sorry Booth. Time is up.

  • Andries - 2011-06-23 20:07

    plz leave booth at club is a gud defend

  • Geja - 2011-06-27 12:42

    come to chiefs ntwana. u still worth it.

      kofi - 2011-08-02 13:51

      hai wena both ke patla mh, we dnt wnt him near chiefs

  • Ally - 2011-06-28 14:36

    Booooooooooooooth, my bra i don'nt know who are those people that are busy critisising you right now, i even doubt if they are Sundowns supporters, you are a marvellous defender, you shut the gates at the back and they know it, as for me i have never even doubted your defensive abilities,not even once, i am a Chiefs fan but i always enjoyed seeing you play even against Chiefs. Keep it up, go and add value at Santos if the deal goes through, if not i know that a player of your qualities will never be clubless. Keep up.

  • kofi - 2011-08-02 13:50

    hamba kahle boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth

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