Sangweni: Chiefs call off deal after Arrows' asking price shoots up

2010-08-16 00:00

IN yet another twist to proposed transfer of the Lamontville Golden Arrows and Bafana Bafana defender, Siyabonga Sangweni, to Kaizer Chiefs, the deal has been called off.

The disclosure comes after Chiefs decided late on Friday to pull out and expressed their unhappiness about how negotiations have been conducted.

The deal seemed to have been finalised and Sangweni was expected to make his debut for Chiefs against Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 this weekend

It is alleged that Amakhosi changed their minds about signing the player even though they had already agreed terms with the man who substituted Bafana defender Aaron Mokoena during the friendly against Ghana on Wednesday.

Said a source close to the club, “What I do know is that Sangweni had already agreed terms with Chiefs.

“But [Chiefs] apparently baulked at the asking price of the player, which appears to have risen from an initial R4 million to a staggering R5 million …

“Although a daily newspaper had initially reported that the player had gone to Chiefs for a reported R3,5 million, the price demanded by the Durban side was reportedly R4 million

“But it seems the negotiations deadlocked when the club demanded R5 million and Chiefs decided to withdraw after failing to reach an agreement on the asking fee.”

Amakhosi had previously made it clear they were interested in the player.

Their coach, coach Vladimir Vermezovic, declared that Sangweni is a player he admires and that he would be delighted to have him manning his defence this year.

And for once Chiefs listened to the coach and went out of their way to please him. But when it became clear that Arrows were not keen to lower their asking price, Amakhosi decided to withdraw their interest in the player.

There was drama around the player a week ago when, hours after had revealed that the player had signed with Kaizer Chiefs, arch-rivals Orlando Pirates publicly announced that Sangweni was their player as he had already signed a three-year contract with them.

However, in a meeting between Arrows, Chiefs and Pirates, Pirates withdrew their interest and declared that for the sake of football, they would let the player go to Chiefs, saying they would count their losses.

But now that Chiefs have pulled out of the proposed deal, Pirates may well renew their interest in the Sangweni.


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