South Africa international defender Buhle Mkhwanazi has revealed what really happened at TTM that left him without a club for the entire 2020/21 DStv Premiership season.
The towering defender returned to professional football last month after signing for SuperSport United which ended his nightmare spell without a club that's lasted for more than a year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the time of the surprise status sale of Bidvest Wits to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, the 31-year-old was an integral part of the South Africa national team and won the league just 12 months prior with the Students.
And with one year left on his contract after the TTM saga, he's admitted he wanted to join the club but they blocked his move to join the club last season.
"I wanted to go to TTM from the word go, when everything started I said I'm going there but then the other party wasn't happy for me to come," he told the Safja.
"I don't know what was the reason for me not joining them because I made up my mind and had a year left [on my contract]. So I thought what's the point of me saying let me just leave this and go somewhere else.
"I was going to honour my contract and be a professional athlete and finish my contract and then look elsewhere, that was my first decision to join them. But it never materialised like that."
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It was widely reported that the big three were all keen on luring the 16-time capped Bafana Bafana defender but he revealed Matsatsana were the only suitors to have tabled a contract offer.
"Other offers? Honestly, people just give you a call just to see your whereabouts and your mental state in terms of joining their clubs but there was no concrete offer to say here's something, look at it and consider it.
"There was nothing concrete from the clubs that were reported in the media, I just wanted to go to TTM and honour my contract which never happened."
Mkhwanazi has amassed 210 appearances in the South African top-flight since making his debut back in 2010 with Mamelodi Sundowns.