Steve Barker on Raymond Monama
Posted: 9 June 2014 Time: 08:25
University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker says he will soon be in a better position to know whether Raymond Monama will extend his stay with the club beyond the just ended season.
Barker tells KickOff.com that he is pinning his hopes on Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, who is set to decide the fate of the former Black Leopards player.
Monama, who was loaned by the Brazilians to AmaTuks for the 2013/14 season, impressed Barker, who is now looking to build his midfield department around the player.
“We would have preferred to secure him [Monama] permanently, but we cannot afford him,” Barker tells KickOff.com.
“We would like to have him on loan for the upcoming season and this is the request that we have put in. We are waiting for Sundowns to respond and the picture should be clearer in the coming weeks.”
Barker says he is also targeting a number of other Sundowns players who might not be in Mosimane’s plans.
“If I could I would get half of the Sundowns squad,” Barker chuckles. “We are not only interested in Raymond. There are a number of other players as well. I cannot get into details regarding this at the moment.”
Among the players that Barker could be targeting are Xolani Mdaki, Therlo Moosa, Samuel Julies, Method Mwanjali and Themba Zwane, who have all returned to the club after completing their loan spells at various clubs.