Lucky Nguzana close to Platinum Stars switch
Posted: 7 July 2014 Time: 11:42
Lucky Nguzana's agent has revealed that AmaZulu dragged their feet with regards to extending the striker's stay, and says he is close to joining Platinum Stars.
AmaZulu marketing manager Lunga Sokhela confirms that the player went AWOL after his rolling contract with the club ended, and they didn't know where he was.
"We were planning on signing him on Tuesday [last week] but he went AWOL and nobody knew where he was and now we are reading reports that he is about to sign with Platinum Stars, and that's where the story ends," Sokhela tells KickOff.com.
"We had an option that we didn't exercise. And there was intention that we wanted to sign him, the agreement was reached on Tuesday [last week] with the technical staff that we were gonna renew it and it was a matter of getting him in with us by signing a contract, then we heard the reports that he had signed with Platinum Stars."
Sokhela agrees that the 23-year-old has a right to join any club of his choice considering he only had month-to-month contract with Usuthu.
"Legally, he has the right to sign and there is no problem with him signing with another club. The guy maybe felt that we are not acting quickly enough in making a decision and we respect that."
Nguzana's representative, Vusi Mthembu, says Usuthu dragged their feet with regards to agreeing terms with the player.
"The agreement was that we were going to exercise the option on his contract and it was supposed to be done on 31 May," says Mthembu.
"So failing that, it automatically shows that they weren't keen to exercise the option. And that day passed [31 May] and they were quiet and as someone who is looking after the player, I accepted that we [have to] go rather than wait."
Meanwhile, when asked if Nguzana has signed for Platinum Stars, Mthembu says: "It's almost done. The club wants to see him but anything like signing, it will depend on the club. The club wants to assess his condition."
One source inside the club, who wishes to remain anonymous, adds: "I'm told he is promised a lot of money at Dikwena. I feel and understand the player for what he did because the club [AmaZulu] took long to make up their minds with regards to the contract."