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Stan On Maseko, Maswanganyi & TT Exits – Reveals Saudi Interest In New Signing

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has explained why he was more annoyed with losing Thatayaone Ditlhokwe to Kaizer Chiefs than Patrick Maswanganyi and Thapelo Maseko to Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, respectively, while also revealing Grant Margeman already received interest from Saudi Arabia.

Others who left SuperSport were Jamie Webber to Sekhukhune United, Keenan Philips to Moroka Swallows and Putco Khoza to Baroka, while Thami Gabuza, Aubrey Ngoma and Siyabonga Nhlapo saw their contracts not renewed. 

In filling up those gaps, SuperSport signed Roland Pfumbidzai from Chippa United, Washington Arubi from Marumo Gallants, Phathu Nange from Chiefs, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Terrence Dzvukamanja from Pirates, Grant Margeman and Etiosa Ighodaro from Sundowns (the latter on loan) and Mohamed Hamza from Namungo FC in Tanzania.    

“I heard earlier we lost three players in Maswanganyi, Maseko and TT, [but] TT was taken out of my hands,” said the uncompromising Matthews.

“TT signing a pre-contract with Chiefs, [which] meant I had a gap where I didn’t have a gap before, so we had to plug that gap.

“On the Maswanganyi and Maseko ones, obviously we would have preferred not to lose two such quality players, especially a youngster like Maseko – he still had four years of his contract with me and we were really looking forward to unleashing him on the football market.

“But the team comes first. If losing Maseko and Patrick – and Patrick played his first year in the PSL last season, so when I had to look with [coach] Gavin and say ‘where are we prepared to lose’, in a way it was easier for us to lose two players in Maswanganyi and Maseko, who haven’t really dominated the team in terms of personality to say ‘if we lost one of those two, the team is going negatively really affected’.

“Patrick spent a lot of time last year on the bench still finding his feet. Maseko is a young player who has a long way to go in terms of his own learning, he knows that.

“When he was on fire, he was fantastic for us and he’s for sure going to be a national asset moving forward. But if you look at three players that I lost and then say ‘what did we gain?'”

Matthews also discussed the club’s additions to the team, revealing he had already interest from Saudi Arabia for Margeman.

“We gained depth in the goalkeeping-department after were able to bring Washington [Arubi] back after his CAF experience last year. We felt it was an important extra buffer we needed in the goalkeeping department. 

“We picked up a young Tanzanian international defender, who we think in the next couple years will be worth a lot of money in the transfer market.

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“He is really going to be a good investment and good asset in the club and he’s just turning 21 now, so his best years are ahead of him for him to be able learn from a player like Thulani Hlatshwayo for a year or two and will be really beneficial for him. 

“We picked him up and he belongs to us. He is our player, not a loan player, he can play against everybody, so we’ve gained there.

“We’ve gained Grant Margeman outright, I think one of the most exciting young midfielders in South Africa right now and we’ve gained him outright. He can play against Sundowns and he’s at the peak of his powers now. I only signed Grant for a week and already had interest from Saudi Arabia.”


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