How the Big Three missed out on Bafana star

PSL has been informed that Bongokuhle Hlongwane had all the Big Three clubs chasing him before deciding to settle on signing for Major League Soccer club Minnesota United.

Hlongwane will be on his way to Minnesota once all the relevant paperwork is completed following a meteoric rise in which he moved from Nxamalala Fast XI to Maritzburg United before winning a place in Bafana Bafana within a short period of time. 

Information gathered by this website reveals that Mamelodi Sundowns were at the forefront of the chase for the 21-year-old with Trott Moloto even traveling to Pietermaritzburg to meet Hlongwane’s father.

Manqoba Mngqithi was also involved in the discussions which sought to entice Hlongwane to Chloorkop.

However, in the end, financial differences meant the proposed move couldn’t be wrapped as the player's priority has always been a move abroad.

At the same time, Kaizer Chiefs’ Bobby Motaung also made contact.

However, Motaung didn’t press hard enough in his pursuit only going as far as making several phone calls.

Orlando Pirates also made contact, but they were also not persistent in their push.

Another club that showed serious interest was AmaZulu.

Usuthu were keen to guarantee Hlongwane vastly improved earnings plus the prospect of continuing to play regular football unlike at Sundowns where he would have had to start at the back of the queue.

A move to AmaZulu would have meant he also remains in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

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