OJ Mabizela likely to stay in KZN’s PSL teams

2015-07-23 06:00
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OJ Mabizela is said to be likely to play for one of KZN’s PSL teams.

PHOTO: sourced OJ Mabizela is said to be likely to play for one of KZN’s PSL teams.

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IF the old adage “you can’t keep a good man down” is anything to go by, then Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela’s career seems to be far from over.

Echo can confirm that the well-travelled and out-of-contract Mabizela is in demand and still a popular player.

This week Fever discovered that Mabizela is on a “must” shopping list by a handful of PSL teams, especially ones in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mabizela’s business manager Mike Makaab may be playing his game safe and trying his best not to let the cat out of the bag, but the signs that the player could join some of the KZN’s PSL giants are strong.

Echo has learnt that several teams, including Ajax Cape Town, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Mpumalanga United, Chippa United and Maritzburg United have inquired about the Edendale-born, former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain.

Makaab agreed that there are a couple of teams involved in talks about the player’s service­, but refused to name the teams.

“We are talking to few teams around the country, but there is nothing concrete,” said Makaab.

One of Mabizela’s former teammates at AmaZulu who did not want to be named, told Echo the player was “ wanted like hot cakes” in the market.

“I won’t lie to you, OJ is wanted by more than three teams in the PSL.

“Some of them are from KZN and others are from other provinces,” said the player.

Maritzburg United publicist Brian Zuma told Echo that the Team of Choice was sweating it out in the off-season training camp at Michael House and were only going to confirm new players later this month.

Zuma refused to comment on allegations about Mabizela­.

“I can’t comment on allegations, but I can confirm that our coach is busy with the team at the training camp,” said Zuma.

Whatever happens to Mabizela’s career in the weeks to come, it is clear that he won’t be stranded.

“He definitely looks set to join one of the PSL teams and is likely to ply his trade around his birth province.”

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