Yende heading for Sundowns?
Posted: 15 April 2009 Time: 12:06
Mamelodi Sundowns appear to have beaten Kaizer Chiefs to the signing of University of Pretoria midfielder Mthokozisi Yende.
Reports are that Amakhosi were close to clinching a deal with Yende until last night, when Sundowns came up with an offer that the Tembisa-born midfielder is finding hard to resist. “Yende is almost a Sundowns player; the only thing left is for the University of Pretoria and Sundowns to agree on a transfer fee. They are set to meet this afternoon,” a source confirmed. KickOff.com understands that Midrand businessman Percy Sibiya, who once represented former Orlando Pirates midfielder Dumisa Ngobe, was also in Pretoria at the weekend attempting to convince the Amajita star to sign for Amakhosi. Sundowns caretaker coach Ted Dumitru refused to confirm whether Yende has already been signed. “It is not under my department to comment on whether the player has signed with Sundowns or not. Look, he is a very good player and it will be good to have a player like him in our set-up. It is up to him to decide, but I believe that if he wants his football career to blossom, he will come to Sundowns.” Meanwhile, Yende’s manager Abbie Rasimphi has expressed surprise at an article appearing in a weekly soccer publication that claims Jazzman Mahlakgane is the player’s agent. “Yende is under contract to me and my partner Musa Dlamini, a Johannesburg-based attorney. We are surprised to hear that there is this person that claims to be representing Yende.” Dlamini also tells KickOff.com that he is more of brother to Yende than just a manager. “I come long way with this boy; he is from my place in Tembisa. I am the one who took him to Tuks and I want to make sure that I create a great future for him in football.” Both Dlamini and Rasimphi, however, refused to say if the player has already signed with Sundowns.