Sangweni still tied to Arrows

2010-08-24 00:00

FRUSTRATED Bafana Bafana defender Siyabonga Sangweni would rather quit football than play for a team not close to his heart.

The Lamontville Golden Arrows player is apparently disappointed at seeing his dream move to Kaizer Chiefs fall through. There had been a two-horse race for his signature between Orlando Pirates and Chiefs but the former decided to pull out.

Chiefs then dropped a bombshell last week, announcing they would no longer pursue their interest in Sangweni, leaving the player frustrated.

It has been reported that Arrows’ asking-prize of R5 million was Chiefs’ reason for pulling out.

A source close to Sangweni told The Witness that he has vowed to quit football rather than “being forced to sign for a team he is not keen to play for.”

“He thinks Arrows deliberately scuppered chances of his dream move by putting an exorbitant prize tag on his head. He shocked me when he said he would rather quit football than play for a team he’s not keen on. His heart was with Chiefs. Arrows... must increase his salary, as going to Chiefs would have benefited him financially.”

With his dream move falling away, Sangweni might find himself in hot water with Arrows as he’s currently home in Empangeni.

Since he still has a contract with the Durban side, he’s obliged to report for work, something he has not done since pre-season.

Arrows’ statement on their website yesterday suggested as much: “... Sangweni remains an Arrows player and is expected to fulfil all obligations as stated in his contract,” read the statement.

Sangweni (29) is the second Abafana Besithende player to be embroiled in transfer saga.

Three seasons ago, midfielder Papi Zothwane’s move to Chiefs also did not materialise after a months of contractual wrangling.

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