Despite the Coronavirus reality that has disrupted the world, PSL clubs have been hard at work in keeping their best players for the future.
FARPost looks at some of the players that have concluded new deals with their respective clubs.
The Brazilians’ attacking midfielder has penned a new 5-year deal. Sirino arrived in January 2018 alongside Jeremy Brockie and Siyabonga Zulu, who have both since left the club. While Downs will not take up their option to extend Brockie’s contract, the nippy Uruguayan is staying on and the Masandawana faithful are delighted. Why not? Sirino has 22 goals and 25 assists from 90 appearances.
Similarly, the right back-cum-winger has also agreed a 5-year extension, which will see him at Chloorkop until 2025. Morena is currently sidelined with a long-term ankle injury, but he’s been recovering well and at 26, Sundowns believe his best days are ahead of him. Morena has already played 145 matches for the Tshwane side since his move from Bloemfontein Celtic in 2016.
The Colombian striker has signed a two-year extension with ‘Amakhosi’, ending speculation on his future. Initially, it appeared the former Sundowns forward was reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal, but as it turns he’s happy to stay at Naturena. He has 8 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions this season. Earlier in the year, Chiefs took up their one-year option in Daniel Cardoso’s contract. This came after contract extensions for the likes of Willard Katsande, Bernard Parker and Daniel Akpeyi.
One of Bakgaga’s best players has been rewarded with a one-year extension and will be hoping to continue his good form post Covid-19. In the past, the Soweto-born winger was instrumental in saving the Limpopo side from relegation and at 29, Patjie still has a few years ahead of him in the game.
The Namibian hasn’t enjoyed a good 2019/20 campaign, but Baroka still place much value in him, hence the decision to keep him. Gebhardt has featured only 10 times in the League, but the defender is still good enough to stay on at the club.
Early in March, Downs surprised all and sundry by handing their skipper a new four-year deal. Not that he didn’t deserve an extension, but it’s unheard of in SA football that a player at 35 could earn a long extension that will see him through to his 38th birthday. Kekana, however, has proved on the field that age is just a number and has continued to lead by example, guiding the ‘Brazilians’ to success on many fronts.
The Maritzburg United shot-stopper will stay on at the club after they triggered their one-year option, which will see his contract now expire in June 2021. But the fact that the Ghanaian would be free to sign a pre-contract as from January 2021 may force Maritzburg’s hand to sell him at the end of this season, whenever that is (as Covid-19 dictates). As things stand, it appears that there’s interest from Pirates and Sundowns.
The Sundowns right-back confirmed to FARPost recently that he’s extended his stay by a further year. “There were offers in Saudi Arabia and UAE, but I thought I’d stick around and be closer to my mom. I don’t know how long she will hold so I don’t want to be far at this stage. At least Cape Town is just two hours away from Johannesburg, so it works better,” said Ngcongca explaining that his mother has not been well.
Four months ago, SuperSport United announced that Modiba has signed a four-and a half-year extension which will see him at the club till 2024. There was interest from Sundowns, but Modiba opted to stay and with 149 appearances for ‘Matsatsantsa’, he’s set to make it 150 as soon as football resumes.
The Tshwane club was also able to tie down the star midfielder to a three-and a half-year extension which will see him represent Matsatsantsa until 2023. Mokoena has done fairly well and was the League’s Young Player of the Season for the 2018/19 campaign.
Mbule has also signed a three-and a half-year extension and the club’s CEO Stan Matthews says whoever is interested in his players should come with a big cheque. Mbule has come out of his shell this season with some good performances and if he keeps it up, he could turn out to be a great player for SuperSport, he would do well to be consistent with his game.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and his assistant Manqoba Mngqithi have signed new 4-year contracts that secures their future until 2024.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa