The curious case of Downs' Kumalo
Posted: 1 June 2018 Time: 15:30
Sibusiso Kumalo joined Mamelodi Sundowns from Moroka Swallows as a promising midfielder, but he has now spent a big part of his career watching football from the stands.
At the time Kumalo decided to join Sundowns in 2013, Dube Birds coach Zeca Marques had warned him against moving to Chloorkop.
In an interview with the Sunday World, Marques said: “I had earmarked him as one for the future and was planning to build the team around him. But these players are chasing the dollars. They are young, ambitious and sometimes they are not given the right advice.
“I had a lengthy chat with Kumalo before he left and told him he was still a youngster and had a lot of potential. My opinion, which I still believe, was that it was too early to try and go to a big club like Sundowns.”
Kumalo, who was included in the Bafana Bafana squad during last year’s CHAN qualifiers, made the move and five years down the line he is nothing but a spectator, as he is currently just earning a salary without getting any first team action.
Loaned out twice to Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos, the 27-year-old, who has captained Sundowns’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge side in the past, would probably have made a lot more progress in his career had he stayed with Swallows for another season or made a move to another club where competition is not as intense as it is at Sundowns.
There’s no chance of him getting ahead of the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Oupa Manyisa and Lucky Mohomi in central midfield. And with the news that Andile Jali is about to join the Absa Premiership champions, Kumalo should start looking for a new home.
According to a source, Kumalo still has a contract with Sundowns and could get loaned out before the new season gets underway. He is said to be earning a good salary at the club and other clubs will not be able to meet his demands should he leave permanantly.