Madlala maintains price tag for Sangweni

2011-06-29 00:00

LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala has revealed that she won’t stand in star defender Siyabonga Sangweni’s way in the upcoming season, but any team that is interested should be preapared to part with R5 million.

The Bafana Bafana central defender is on the wanted books of Patrice Motsepe’s Mamelodi Sundowns. This is not the first time Sangweni has been linked with a move to a Gauteng team.

Kaizer Chiefs were after his services last season, but were put off by Arrows’ R5 million price tag.

With Sundowns having approached Arrows for the Empangeni-born player, Madlala was forthcoming on the matter.

“Like I have always stated before, we will not stand in any of our players’ way, but the team that wants our player must be professional in engaging us,” said Madlala, who is known in football circles as the “Iron Lady”.

“The transfer fee for Sangweni has not changed. Five million and we take it from there.”

Asked if she does not think the price tag is too high considering that Sangweni is 28 years old, Madlala observed, “We have invested so much in the player. We have been patient with him and moulded him into a fine player and we can not lose him cheaply.”

Sangweni, whose contract with the Durban side ends next year, has long expressed his desire to join a bigger club to “face challenges”.

Meanwhile, Madlala believes she has made her detractors and critics eat humble pie as Siyabonga Nkosi and Collins Mbesuma produced impressive performances for Arrows in their first season.

It was argued that the signing of Mbesuma in particular was not a well-calculated move considering that the former Chiefs hitman, who scored a sensational 35 goals in 2004, was written off.

Despite joining Arrows midway through the past campaign, Mbesuma scored 11 goals.

It was the same with Nkosi, who underwent a dip in form after an unsuccessful spell in Germany and Israel. Nkosi’s form, when he was chief instigator for moves at Arrows, almost saw Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane recall him until an injury struck.

“I am very happy with Nkosi’s and Mbesuma’s performances. I knew what I was doing when I took a decision to bring them on board,” said Madlala.

“I am looking forward to them churning out more impressive work for the team to go forward.”

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