Agent Confirms Contract Delays At Downs

MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA - august 31: Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Mamelodi Sundowns media open day at Chloorkop on August 31, 2022 in Midrand, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA - august 31: Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Mamelodi Sundowns media open day at Chloorkop on August 31, 2022 in Midrand, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

As Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali awaits a decision from the club regarding his future, another player whose contract is running out at the club has joined the queue to learn his fate.

As reported in edition 1308 of Soccer Laduma, Thapelo Morena is the latest player at Sundowns whose contract is coming to an end in June this year.

Morena joined Masandawana from the now defunct Bloemfotein Celtic in 2020 on a five-year contract, with the deal structured on an initial straight three-years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

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The Siya crew understands that the Brazilians are yet to give clarity on the speedy utility player's future, as the initial three-year contract expires at the end of June, as confirmed by his agent Basia Michaels of QT Sports.

"It's not a secret that Thapelo has six months left (on his deal)," Michaels confirmed to the Siya crew.

"And yes, there is a two-year option. Furthermore, I can tell you that the timelines are the normal standards in which Sundowns go about their business and professionally so," she said.

"I have to obviously play my part and wait for their response."

Morena has been a regular feature in the team under Mokwena and indications are that the 29-year old is unlikely to be allowed to leave, especially given his versatility, despite Khuliso Mudau preferred as a first-choice right back.

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"If we are really looking for dates and timelines, then we can expect Sundowns to communicate their intentions before June 30," Michaels went on.

"I don't see why they wouldn't keep him, but we work in an industry where we take things as they come," she added.

Soccer Laduma have previously revealed that the delay in the conclusion of the contract negotiations with head coach Rulani Mokwena has had knock-on effects on other key technical decisions at the club also coming to a halt.

Here are the other contract decisions pending at Sundowns:

Andile Jali 

Jali's contract is coming to an end when the season concludes and his agent Mike Makaab appeared exasperated by the delay speaking on his regular spot on Gagasi FM recently.

"If they don't want Andile they must let us know," Makaab said.

Bradley Ralani

Ralani's contract is also up for renewal in June and Mokwena will have to make a decision on whether he will retain the 35-year old who has made only six appearances this season.

Manqoba Mngqithi

Mngqithi's future at Sundowns has been cast  in doubt since he was demoted to the senior coach role, with his contract expiring five months down the line and the Siya crew understands that Mokwena will have a big say on whether he stays beyond this season or not.

Steve Komphela

Similarly, Komphela's contract is expiring at the end of the season, however, unlike Mngqithi's situation, Sundowns have an option to extend the former Kaizer Chiefs coach's contract, as per information provided to the Siya crew, with Mokwena also expected to run the rule over his future, should the 36-year old coach get carte blanche in making technical decisions at the club.

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