Tim Sukazi’s Kwanda Mngonyama plea to Sundowns
Posted: 5 August 2015 Time: 15:06
Kwanda Mngonyama’s agent Tim Sukazi admits to KickOff.com that the player’s current situation at Mamelodi Sundowns is of great concern and he is addressing the matter with the club.
The South Africa Under-23 international was on loan at Maritzburg United where he started 24 games in all competitions in the past season, but he has returned to Chloorkop where he is not even training with the first team.
Sukazi says his client’s situation is of national importance.
“The issue of Kwanda Mngonyama is of serious concern not only to me and Kwanda but also to SAFA’s national agenda of having our U23s qualify for the Olympics, which will in turn be of great benefit to the country,” Sukazi explains.
“We cannot have a situation where we have the current captain of the U23s, which just qualified for the CAF 8-Nations tournament, not playing football. It is not only that Kwanda is not playing football for his club, Mamelodi Sundowns, in fact, he is not even training with Sundowns’ first team. He is just training with a few other players who are training separately while the club looks at dishing them out to other clubs.
“Kwanda told me that their training is not even of high intensity or anything to make it a top-level training. He says the few guys are just being taken through their paces as a formality, which will obviously see them being eligible for their monthly salary.
“So basically these players are just being eroded mentally and their self-esteem will be severely affected to a point where it might take them time to recover, even if they find alternative clubs,” he adds.
Sukazi further says there are in fact three clubs interested in signing the player, but Sundowns have rejected offers of over R2-million.
“In Kwanda’s case, you have three clubs interested in him, namely, Maritzburg United, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United. As I understand, all these clubs have tabled offers in millions of Rands for Kwanda’s services and there has been no movement up to this point,” Sukazi reveals.
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“A club like Maritzburg tabled their offer some three to four weeks ago. We are aware that Sundowns is interested in some players at SuperSport and Wits and Kwanda has been made a trade-off in those negotiations. All we said to Sundowns is that they should rather separate the kid from the deals that they are trying to secure with Wits and SuperSport.
“Our view is simply that as it has become clear that Kwanda is surplus to Sundowns’ requirements, he should be let go because other clubs see value in him as this is the fairest and most humane way to deal with his future.
“I do acknowledge that Sundowns has its own business imperatives but then the future and lives of people are involved in these types of situations. In cases of players in respect of whom no interest has been expressed, it is a different matter altogether. However, in a case of a player that the club does not need and there are offers of R2m and above, all they have to do is to let go of the kid.
“Sundowns’ stance on Kwanda’s matter might even have more unintended consequences and I have already alerted their management to these. I sincerely hope that sanity will prevail at the Sundowns board and Kwanda will be allowed to play professional football, which he so much deserves after doing very well while on loan with Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg in the last two seasons.
“We are doing our best to talk to Sundowns about these issues and I hope that Kwanda’s matter will be a thing of the past in the next few days.
“I know for a fact that it is not the intention of the powers that be at Sundowns to destroy talented youngsters. In fact, the opposite stands to be true,” Sukazi concludes.