Mayo taken off Thanda’s transfer list

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The decision follows the disclosure that the Hammarsdale-based club have rejected former midfielders Junior Khanye and Ntokozo Sikhakhane, who have been training with Thanda in the hope of impressing.

Explaining the decision to recall the versatile Mayo, head coach Roger Palgrem said: “We are still assessing the situation with regards to Mayo being kept.

“You see we might find ourselves being short of defenders due to injuries and yellow cards, so having another defender might work to our advantage.”

Other defenders on Thanda’s books include Malawian defender James Sangala, Japie Motale, Musa Nyutama and Ahmed Mohamed.

Meanwhile, Thanda’s newly signed keeper Aubrey Mathibe has vowed to claim a regular berth at the team despite facing stiff competition from last year’s reserve goalie, Mandla Tsengwa and up and coming star Blessing Makhathini.

Ever since breaking into the professional ranks with Kaizer Chiefs in the late ’90s, Mathibe has failed to wrest the number one jersey from Brian Baloyi and Rowen Fernandez and then Greg Etafia of Moroka Swallows.

“I intend to play regularly this season. I am tired of playing second fiddle. I will work hard to achieve my goal this year which is to catch the attention of the national team selectors,” says Mathibe, who has signed a two-year deal.

Mathibe teams up again with assistant coach Ian Gorowa whom he worked with at Swallows last season.

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