Kwanda Mngonyama in action for Maritzburg United. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Maritzburg United are hoping to convince Sundowns to allow midfielder Kwanda Mngonyama to stay with the Team of Choice.

Mngonyama has returned to the Brazilians after a loan spell with the Midlands outfit for the past three seasons.

“The boy is back at Sundowns. He was with us for the pre-season but last week Sundowns recalled him. That’s why he didn’t play (in the MTN8 clash with Sundowns),” Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia explained.

“At the moment, he is busy sorting his future with Sundowns. Hopefully, sanity will prevail. Initially we had an agreement in place with Sundowns. They were going to take Deolin Mekoa and were going to give us Kwanda but they changed their mind. We want to retain Kwanda and he is also keen on playing for us.”

Sundowns spokesman Thuswa said the player was back with them and was now with the Bafana Bafana squad that will travel to Zambia for the second leg of the Chan qualifier against the Copper Bullets.

The former youth international made a huge contribution in Maritzburg finishing in seventh position last season to help them qualify for the MTN8. They beat the Brazilians on Sunday in the first round..

Maritzburg’s win came courtesy of an Evans Rusike strike to earn them a semi-final clash with SuperSport United. Interestingly, Rusike is also said to be on the wanted list of some big clubs - Chiefs and Orlando Pirates having been mentioned as potential suitors.

But Kadodia rubbished such talk.

“Rusike is not for sale. Why do you keep on asking me about Rusike? You don’t want Maritzburg to prosper? Are you guys working for Gauteng clubs? Rusike is our player and he is not going anywhere,” he fumed.

The Star

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