University of Pretoria pass up offer to sign Levy Mokgothu
Posted: 22 January 2016 Time: 16:50
University of Pretoria have been offered the services of Levy Mokgothu but they are not convinced the out-of-favour Kaizer Chiefs left-back can help them out of their situation.
Mokgothu is yet to feature in an official match for Chiefs since arriving at Naturena in June 2014 and Amakhosi are willing to allow him to move out on loan for the rest of the season to enable him a chance to get game-time.
“Is he better than what I have?” asks Sammy Troughton, the Tuks coach.
“My problem with Levy is that he hasn’t played for a very long time. I think he last played at Moroka Swallows where he did the job and has only been playing in the MDC league for now. Having last played then, can he help Tuks right away considering our situation? We will see what happens.
“Maybe I should get Junior Sibande to stand up to the challenge and I believe he can do it. I know that I have to make a decision but right now I feel Junior is the better player so I really don’t think we will be taking the Levy option.
“When a player hasn’t played for this long it definitely means he will also need time to get into the rhythm with us, and right now we don’t have the time,” says Troughton.
Tuks already passed on the chance to sign another left-back, Tumelo Letuka, following his departure from Golden Arrows while several players have been linked with the club amongst them Lebohang Mokoena, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Keegan Ritchie and Mario Booysen.
“I know that at times agents want me to sign players right away because of the situation that we are in, even when that player hasn’t been playing for over six months or over a year,” he adds.
“We are busy with possibilities but it is difficult because not all players want to come to a team in relegation. Plus we have a money situation at the club.”