Masilela: Delay wasn't about money


AmaZulu defender Tsepo Masilela has dismissed suggestions that negotiations took so long for him to sign because he wanted a bigger package.

Masilela spent three weeks with Usuthu before signing a contract and speaking with media on Thursday revealed that it was not about money, as had been reported, but negotiations took longer than expected between him and the club.

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"It's tough to enlighten you guys," he said.

"You know when they say a player wants a bigger package, what is a bigger package? Maybe if you tell them the package they will say 'ah it's too small or too big' so negotiations were not like I wanted a bigger package.

"Sometimes they take long and sometimes it can be done in ten minutes, it was nothing new, but people come with stories without knowing facts."

Usuthu are known for giving experienced players a chance with the likes of the late Shoes Moshoeu, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Mbulelo Mabizela and Mabhuti Kbenyeza ending their careers at the club.

Moeneeb Josephs is also still part of the team and the former Kaizer Chiefs left-back says he appreciates the opportunity and will do his best to contribute.

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"AmaZulu FC is a team that gives senior players a chance with a mix of very young ones," he said.

"Personally I've been out of the game for a while and I don't want to put pressure on myself, I just want to be fit and contribute to the club, play as many games as I can, be available and hopefully stay injury-free.

"Obviously there's pressure like everywhere, every team has pressure, but we must try to enjoy and try to help the team to finish in a good position, and that's the goal."