Top teams end tussle over player

2010-08-12 00:00

A POTENTIAL tug of war over the services of Bafana Bafana and Lamontville Golden Arrows defender Siyabonga Sangweni between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs was calmly averted yesterday, when the three teams reached an agreement regarding the player’s destination.

It appeared that the matter was going to drag on after Pirates dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, stating that Sangweni had signed a three-year contract with them. All the while the player was strongly linked with a move to Chiefs.

But following a meeting between Pirates boss Dr Irvin Khoza and his Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs counterparts, Mato Madlala and Kaizer Motaung respectively, a truce has been quickly reached.

In a statement released on Bucs’ website, the club said they will no longer be pursuing the defender.

“Orlando Pirates will no longer pursue its claim for the services of Golden Arrows defender Siyabonga Sangweni. The matter regarding the future of the 29-year-old Bafana Bafana defender was discussed between the three club bosses [Khoza, Motaung and Madlala] earlier this afternoon,” the statement reads.

“Despite the fact that Orlando Pirates had initially lodged registration papers to the Premier Soccer League, club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza opted not to pursue the matter following a harmonious meeting between the three parties. The matter has been resolved amicably and Orlando Pirates Football Club will no longer pursue its case for the player …”

Chiefs have made public their interest in Sangweni, just as the player himself has expressed his desire to link up with Amakhosi, with the only hurdle being the agreement of a transfer fee between Arrows and Chiefs.

Still on the transfer front, Arrows are assessing former AmaZulu striker Bradley Ritson in their pre-season camp currently underway in Cape Town.

Should Ritson join, he will be the second player to be signed by new coach Zoran Fillipovic. Former Bafana international Siyabonga Nkosi was signed last week.

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