WITH Zimbabwe international Tendai Ndoro set for a switch to South Africa Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, fellow giants Orlando Pirates are looking to hijack the deal when the transfer window opens on Monday.
Ndoro plays for Mpumalanga Black Aces and is already caught up in a battle between two football agents Gibson Mahachi of Zimbabwe and P Management of South Africa.
Mahachi claims Ndoro belongs to him and has filed a complaint with world football governing body Fifa, but the striker insists all his business is conducted by Karabo Mathang of P Management-Africa’s first female Fifa accredited agent.
And speaking to the this paper last week, Ndoro insisted that the wrangle between the agents will not affect his career as Mamelodi Sundowns seem to have wrapped up a move for the former Chicken Inn hitman.
And so as the agents battle in the boardrooms, the finance managers at Chloorkop and Houghton are busy at work preparing bids for the striker.
Chloorkop are the headquarters of Pretoria-based Sundowns, who have Warriors and Highlanders legend Peter Ndlovu pulling the strings as team manager behind the scenes.
Pirates, the only Caf Champions League and Super Cup winner in Southern Africa, are headquartered at Houghton and reports yesterday suggested that Bucs have not given up on Ndoro and are determined to hijack his move to the defending champions once the transfer window opens on Monday.
While Aces have stated, time and again, that Ndoro is not moving, they are salivating at the prospect of a huge transfer fee from the two rich giants of South African football.
“Well, I can assure you that Pirates are not out of the race just yet, as Ndoro’s move to Sundowns is not done and dusted,” a source told Goal on Wednesday.
“The situation that involves multiple agents, is being closely monitored by Pirates. Plus the club has good ties with Ndoro’s Johannesburg based agency, P Management,” the source said.
“Aces are interested in some of the Pirates players, so you can’t rule out a possible move for Ndoro to Pirates, if his Sundowns move fails to materialiSe,” the source concluded.
Mathang has more than five clients on Pirates books. Some of these players are defenders Mbongeni Gumede, Itumeleng Tlali, Mashale Rantabane, midfielder Kamohelo Mabuya, strikers Tebogo Masaole and Zukile Mkhize.
On the battle between the two agents, Ndoro said: “I don’t think that case will affect my football career in any way. All I can say is I am managed by P Management and no one else.”