Mbombela United put up for sale


Mbombela United chairman Oupa Matsebula has decided to put the National First Division club up for sale.

The Mpumalanga-based side fell short of reaching the promotion playoffs this season following a 3-0 loss to Maccabi FC on Sunday.

Tingwenyama are currently fifth on the log table with 44 points in 29 matches, and even if they win their last match of the season against Ajax Cape Town on Sunday, they will only finish on 47 points.

Above them are the Urban Warriors and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila, who are both on 48 points.

It seems not reaching that goal proved to be the last straw for Matsebula after bringing top talent like Swaziland international midfielder Felix Badenhorst, Lucky Nguzana, Rethabile Soso and lately former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United frontman Kingston Nkhatha to the club.

United became a NFD team after winning the 2014/15 ABC Motsepe League. In the 2015/16 season they finished third on the log and qualified for the playoffs, where they finished second behind Highlands Park to remain in the NFD. The following season they finished sixth and last season the ended in 13th place

Matsebula says corruption is one of the reasons he wants to quit football.

"Hayi mina I'm considering getting out of this thing," Matsebula tells KickOff.com.

"There's too much corruption man. I want to sell this thing. In this thing you must sell your soul to the devil if you want to progress, eish. I mean you must do funny stuff man. You know it's just that the refs... you know you need to deal, if you don't deal you can't compete because we are dealing here.

"Where we are it's a jungle. It's an expensive jungle, ja you need to know people, ukhiph' itshotsho [pay bribes], now that doesn't sit well with me.

"No I took it [a decision to sell], it's just taken. This time it was worse, hey it was worse. You hear the comments from the office, and the PSL is ducking and diving."

Asked if there were already offers on the table for the club, Matsebula said: "No, not really. It's still open. It does not matter whether the offer is from outside the province, it's fine. If we get someone we'll talk, but I want R13-million without VAT."