'They call S'kudu Robinho in Georgia'


Former Orlando Pirates winger Mahlatse Makudubela is already winning fans overseas after completing a move to FC Gagra in Georgia.

Makudubela, who made his name as an exciting attacker at Platinum Stars before earning a move to Pirates, was loaned around several times during his PSL career and was unable to make a breakthrough at the Soweto club.

After a lengthy club search and a stint at Highlands Park, he has now signed for the Georgian second division side along with ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits midfielder Jabulani Shongwe.

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Both players are still only 29, and their agent Lebo 'Guluva' Mashishi believes South African teams must remove the bias that players close to 30 are finished in their careers.

He believes they could have still strengthened many PSL clubs.

"You know it's a pity, in South Africa we've got this misconception when a player reaches 29, 30, we tend to write them off," Mashishi tells KickOff.com.

"We think they are old. We no longer look at their ability or how good they are, or how good they've been taking care of themselves, we just look at the age and we tend to write them off.

"Whereas in foreign countries they don't judge you based on age you know, what is important... the medium of exchange is your talent.

"Already Mahlatse has played one friendly, but the following day the whole country knew that there was a Mahlatse Makudubela. They call him Robinho over there."

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Mashishi explains how he managed to orchestrate a joint move for the pair.

"Basically I sent their profiles and videos to a partner of mine whose name is Bright Ituka [Laka], he is staying in Georgia. A lot of teams were interested, so they invited them," he adds.

"S'kudu [Makudebela] went first, he left a few days before Jabu. So they were invited for an assessment. They were doing really well, within the first three days they were already talking about figures.

"But they could only make their contracts available last week because they were busy with their last games, completing their league games."