Sundowns close in on Bafana star, United willing to sell

Supersport United chief executive Stan Matthews has confirmed that the club is considering accepting an offer from Mamelodi Sundowns for the services of versatile winger Aubrey Modiba.

The Brazilians have long been linked with the Bafana player, with Matthews previously stating that Matsatsansa were not willing to sell.

Mamelodi Sundowns still in pursuit of Bafana player

However, there seems to be a change of mind in the United camp since the previous offer for the player was rejected.

Speaking to the South African Football Journalists’ Association, the Matsatsansa boss confirmed that Sundowns have not relented in their bid to land Mothiba’s signature.

 “I think we are at a point with Aubrey where they have tabled a very good offer for us,” Matthews revealed.

“But we have taken a view that given the situation, we’ve got six games left and I don’t know what our situation will be.

“We could finish third and have Caf next year, that also has an impact on our decisions and what we do. From that perspective, there is still water to flow under the bridge. I am not in the transfer window right now, we have six games left and have to get the best out of our assets. This is disturbing enough, and I have been open and honest about the Aubrey and Bradley (Grobler) situation – I have also been open and honest with them about the situation.”

Stan Matthews, Supersport United CEO

Supersport willing to sell Aubrey Modiba 

Reports linking Sundowns to Modiba first emerged just before the end of the previous campaign, with teammate Teboho Mokoena also said to be on the Tshwane giants’ radar.

Earlier in the year, the Chloorkop-based outfit’s pursuit of the duo seemed to have taken a knock, with both players signing deals to extend their stay at United.

Matthews has conceded that the club will have to sell one of their stars, and that will likely be Modiba, who has been the subject of interest from their city rivals.

“He (Modiba) is the one that Sundowns have been pursuing the most,” he said. “He has given us good service and trophies. I had geared up to sell him because I brought in (Guily) Manziba, but the deal fell through.

Stan Matthews, Supersport United CEO

“The pandemic has put us in a position where we have to sell one or two of our players and promote younger players.”

United return to action on Sunday evening with a clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at Bidvest Stadium.

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