Bucs, Chiefs battle over young striker denied

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Hlophe is said to have initially offered Amakhosi the player, but later changed his mind after Bucs came with a more lucrative offer to him for the services of the player who has been described as the hottest property in the Vodacom League.

The 20-year-old striker has reportedly netted 20 goals for his team in the 19 games he has played so far this season.

Hlophe, a former AmaZulu official, admits to KickOff.com that Amakhosi did approach him for the services of the player first, but says that they could not agree on terms and that the news that he has spoken to Pirates are totally untrue.

“I never refused to release the player to Chiefs; we did not agree on terms. Regarding the issue of Pirates, I don’t know where those reports come from as I haven’t spoken to anyone from the Buccaneers.

“At the moment the boy is not going anywhere because we want to keep him to help us qualify for the play-offs next season.”

Hlophe also warned those teams wanting to sign Mthembu will have to dig deep into their pockets.

“The boy has spent five years in our development side. We have been looking after him, even while he was at school where he has just finished his matric.”