Pelembe close to finding new club


Veteran winger Elias Pelembe appears likely to continue his playing career back home in Mozambique after failing to agree with NFD clubs.

Roger de Sa had hoped to use his Portuguese influence to entice Pelembe to Cape United while TS Sporting had bargained on using their proximity to Maputo as bait, but both clubs have been unsuccessful.

Word reaching is that 'Domingues' has now been offered a reasonable deal by UD Songo but negotiations have been slowed down because the Mozambican league has been suspended due to a rise in coronavirus cases.

Songo have offered him 75 percent of what he has asked for and in joining them he will be offered accommodation and transport at the club's expense.

As two-time winners of the league in the last four years, Songo are keen to get back to continental club football again next year after getting stuck in the CAF Confederation Cup this year.

Pelembe has made his desire to continue playing known despite having last played football almost a year ago while at Wits.

The 37-year-old remains an important player in the Mozambique national team, which he has captained for the past five years, and he is being pushed to return again soon as the Mambas are back in action at the end of next month for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"The offers from the GladAfrica Championship clubs were not bad but were not so much better than what he can get in Mozambique," says a source.

"Right now, UD Songo have put in a proposal that matches what Cape United put on the table and it's better than what TS Sporting wanted to give him."

Pelembe arrived in South Africa back in 2007 playing for SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns then Bidvest Wits and was once among the top earners in the PSL.

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