Both Amakhosi and Bucs are engaged in the tug-of-war over the services of the KwaZulu Natal-born youngster whose talent has been described as ‘exceptional’.
Chiefs’ manager Bobby Motaung claims that the player had signed a three-year contract after training with them last year and is surprised to hear that Mthembu has also signed a pre-contract with Pirates.
“Our legal team is presently handling the case and we have since written to Safa to intervene,” says Motaung.
Maritzburg City owner Bongi Hlophe has confirmed receipt of a letter from Kaizer Chiefs’ lawyers but added that will he not give that letter any special attention.
“If Chiefs say that they player has signed a three-year contract with them, why did they do it without my consent. I still stand by with my earlier statement that Chiefs came to me for Mthembu’s services, but could not agree on terms. I am also surprised to read in the media that I have offered the player to Pirates.
“At this stage, boy will remain at City as we have put all our focus on promotion to First Division next season.”
Pirates’ communication manager Mickey Modisane has refused to comment on the matter, saying only that Floyd Mbele is handling the matter on their behalf.
Former Orlando Pirates’ midfielder Andile Cele who is presently training with Maritzburg City to keep himself fit, raves about the 20-year-old striker, saying he deserves to play in the Premiership.
“That boy is exceptional. I am not surprised to see him in this situation and I hope it doesn’t get out of hand because he deserves something good for his future.
“He has everything you need in a striker; skill, he can shield the ball well and can score goals. I never had much opportunity to watch Scara Thindwa in action, but I guess Mthembu must play like him and that is what he has been nicknamed, ‘Scara’.
Former AmaZulu coach Reginald Shelembe who is now helping Maritzburg City to get into First Division next season also raves about the Melmoth-born striker.
“We recruited the player in Melmoth after we watched him play in a tournament there.
“He arrived here at the age of 15 but since then he has matured into great player. His other great plus is that he can play in any position on the field. I have also advised the boy not to talk to media.”