DURBAN – SuperSport United have decided against pursuing legal action against Mamelodi Sundowns for allegedly trying to poach their star marksman Jeremy Brockie.
SuperSport chief executive Stan Matthews was fuming during the last day of the transfer window, accusing Sundowns of foul play to attract players while they were under contract with other teams.
Matthews made it clear that they were unhappy with the manner in which Sundowns dealt with the possible transfer of Brockie, and promised to take legal action.
The New Zealand international handed in a transfer request, but SuperSport refused to accept it.
Club chairman Khulu Sibiya told Independent Media in an exclusive interview after his side lifted the MTN8 trophy following their victory against Cape Town City at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban that they won’t be taking the matter further.
“It was just teaching them a lesson and that’s all. I don’t want to get into legal battles with anybody, but people must do the right thing because I also do the right thing,” Sibiya said.
“When I said to them ‘Okay, you want Brockie, then I will get Themba Zwane’, and they started panicking. Why should they panic? Why should they get players from other clubs and they don’t want their players to be poached by any other teams?
“I said to them ‘You do that, you go away and do the way you are doing, I’m going to get Themba Zwane’.
“It is fair, isn’t it? They said ‘Oh okay, okay, okay’. They shouldn’t do that. They should go through the right procedures.”
Zwane’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but his agent Jazzman Mahlakgane has already confirmed that he will extend his stay with Sundowns.
Sibiya went on to brag about the fact that he is a cup specialist in South Africa.
“Do you know that I’ve got 11 cups in my cupboard? There are 11. I’m a cup specialist. Every coach that I have had, except one, has won me a cup,” he said.
“Do you know who the coach is who didn’t win me a cup? It is Cavin Johnson.
“But one thing I can take out of this game is the heart, the character. This club shows me that every player is not different from another one. There’s no superstars here.
“They play as a team, they die as as the team and they have done just that as the team. It is the character. Nothing beats the character.”
SuperSport have won three league titles, three Nedbank Cup crowns, one Telkom Knockout, two MTN8 cups, the Sparletta Cup and the second division trophy.
“My secret to my accomplishment is unity. The club is united. It is brotherhood. I always say to them, ‘This is a home away from home’.
“When you come to SuperSprt United Football Club, you are leaving your home to go to another home. Don’t come as if you are coming to work. This is not work.
“Enjoy what it is you are doing here because this is home away from home. If you are not happy at home, you will never be happy at SuperSport. So, be happy,” Sibiya concluded.