Kaizer Chiefs January Transfer Window Frustrations Unveiled by SuperSport United CEO Matthews
Stan Matthews, SuperSport United‘s chief executive officer, has opened up about how they managed to stop Kaizer Chiefs from further raiding their camp in January.
“We had to make the decision to increase the salaries of both players. We had to make sure we did the right thing for both players, we worked with their agents to make sure that their salaries were increased to make sure they stayed with us,” Matthews explained.
“The rumor was buzzing with talk of Amakhosi snagging Luke Fleurs, but little did we know they had their sights set on a two-for-one deal.”
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, the defensive rock from Matsatsantsa and captain of Botswana, was scooped up by the Soweto giants on a pre-contract agreement, taking advantage of the last few months of his contract with SuperSport.
“And while Fleurs may have stayed put with a shiny new contract, Ditlhokwe brings a whole new level of tenacity to Amakhosi’s backline. Watch out opposition, the Amakhosi defense just got even tougher”, Matthews continued.
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“I tried to keep Luke on board, matching numbers and all, but Ditlhokwe had different ideas with his different agent and different cell phone numbers. Sad to say, but in football, it’s all about business and accounting for every penny spent.”
“In the bigger picture, Amakhosi did manage to snag Christian Saile Basomboli during the January transfer window, but coach Arthur Zwane admitted they didn’t quite get all the players they needed.”
Despite Zwane’s pleas to bulk up the squad, they couldn’t replace central midfielder Njabulo Blom who jetted off to St Louis City FC in the MLS, or bring in a fresh creative midfielder. It’s all part of the game, but you better believe Amakhosi won’t settle for second best in their quest for glory.”
“In the end, SuperSport managed to successfully fend off Chiefs‘ advances, keeping hold of both Ditlhokwe and Fleurs. The Pretoria club‘s quick action and willingness to act ensured they weren‘t plundered by Amakhosi,” said Matthews.