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Chiefs Set Record Straight On Mokoena Talks

Kaizer Chiefs have broken their silence on reports linking Teboho Mokoena with a move to Naturena and confirmed they did actually hold talks with the SuperSport United midfielder.

Mokoena, 25, seems set to join Mamelodi Sundowns after agreeing to terms with the club last week and only final details between Masandawana and Matsasansa to be finalised.

However, Sundowns were not the only club in South Africa interested in the Bafana Bafana international, with Chiefs showing their interest.

“There was interest, from Kaizer Chiefs in particular, but I think they didn’t engage further with SuperSport,” Mokoena’s agent Glyn Blinkin told Thomas Mlambo on the Ultimate Sport Show, as quoted by TimesLIVE.

“I think there was an initial discussion and that discussion wasn’t taken any further. I think from a player’s perspective he would have been able to agree terms on that side too.

“But there are two parts of the equation and Sundowns were able to manage expectations on both sides of the table [with player and selling club], so that made things a lot easier.”

However, Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphaso insisted that Blinkin’s side of the story about Amakhosi’s interest was not exactly right.

“The club cannot comment on what Glyn Binkin is saying,” Maphosa told TimesLIVE.

“Thomas had an interview. The player mentioned is not playing for Kaizer Chiefs. I can’t talk about him.

“From the club side, what Glyn said is what he is saying, and we don’t have anything to say about that.

“But when we engage in negotiations with anybody, we take it the negotiations are within that space and in good faith, and not for anybody to go out and perhaps paint the discussions in the way they were presented by what you are asking me.

“There were discussions, and that’s what it is.

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“If I come to you and discuss with you, and then we end at a certain point, it means that point is the end. It doesn’t mean it didn’t go further.

“It might have been that from where the discussions were we retreated back to our base camp to go and analyse how the discussions were going.”

Mokoena seems set to join Sundowns before the end of the window, after Masandawana also fend off late interest from Belgium side Anderlecht.

David Kappel
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