Twente put down R10m for Mathoho
Posted: 23 July 2011 Time: 10:40 am
Erick Mathoho’s agent has confirmed that the Bloemfontein Celtic defender will fly to Holland on Tuesday to begin his five-day trial at Dutch side FC Twente.
Tim Sukazi says a fee of €1-million (R10-million) has already been agreed between the two clubs and the deal rests on the 21-year-old impressing head coach Co Adriaanse.
And despite his client becoming the latest to have to prove himself on trial in Europe, Sukazi believes it will be great opportunity for the Venda-born defender.
“They’re prepared to put down €1-million so it worth going there for trials,” he tells KickOff.com.
“Maccabi Haifa were willing to take him just from what they have seen on his DVD. But with all due respect to the Israeli League, it is not as the same standard as Hollald.
“It’s a country where you know the foreign players are respected by the national association because they pay a minimum wage to all of them.”
Mathoho had been invited to join the club that is also the home of Bafana’s Bernard Parker’s on trial earlier this month, but his participation in the Under-23 All Africa Games qualifiers against Zimbabwe delayed his trip.
Now Sukazi is hopeful that the towering defender will benefit from a move to Europe.
“He’s at a very young age and if you look at his background, he is not your typical player,” he says.
“Erick does not come from any academy - he is just raw natural talent and so he would need time to adapt into European conditions.”