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City Table Barns’ Offer, Bay Respond

Richards Bay chairman Sifiso Biyela has confirmed that Cape Town City have tabled an offer for Sanele Barns, but also insisted the player is not for sale.  

According to iDiski Times sources, City tabled an offer of R2.5 million but the club considered it too little. And what makes a potential deal even harder is that the offer comes at the time when Bay desperately need to hold on to their important player in the side. 

Barns, ironically, was signed by Bay after his former club University of Pretoria came second to Bay for promotion, with the KwaZulu-Natal club gaining the promotion by winning the Motsepe Foundation Championship in the 2021/22 season.  

While Tuks were denied the chance to play in the topflight via the playoffs, Barns had impressed Bay management enough to sign him at the start of last term, when he was handed a three-year contract until 2025.  

“There are teams that want Barns, but unfortunately [for them] he has a contract with us until 2025,” Bay chairman Biyela told iDiski Times.  

“Yes, I have their [City’s] offer, but he is not available [now], no matter how much, he is still not available.  

“He has a responsibility of helping the club to survive, but he is not available.”  

Bay truly cannot afford to lose such a player at this time after he has played 14 of the 16 league matches and is the club’s league top scorer with three goals along with three assists.  

Barns was also the club’s top scorer last term in the league with four goals in 26 appearances.  

They desperately need to hold on to him since they are second from the bottom of the table with 13 points from 16 matches this term. 

Barns, since he arrived, has featured in 43 matches in all competitions and has scored seven goals. He has also been linked with Kaizer Chiefs, Sekhukhuned United and Stellenbosch FC.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.