Stan Matthews has made it clear that Aubrey Modiba isn't for sale. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Supersport United are not willing to let go of their star players in this transfer window period.

Several Premier Soccer League clubs have expressed interest in United's proven stars, Aubrey Modiba, Thabo Mnyamane and Teboho Mokoena.

They form the backbone and the spine of the SuperSport side that has enjoyed a remarkable trophy-laden spell over the years.

But SuperSport chief executive Stan Matthews has made it clear that his superstars are not up for grabs, to South African clubs at least.

“Modiba, Mnyamane and Mokoena are not for sale. We’ve received a lot of interest locally for these players. But we will only let go of them if we receive the right offers from abroad."

Modiba was by far the best player last season for United, who went all the way to the final of the Caf Confederation Cup before succumbing to the defending champions, TP Mazembe.

In the league fatigue crept in, they struggled to attain the desired results and were dragged into the relegation battle.

Modiba, however, was the shining star during that barren run, keeping the team going with his individual brilliance.

Thabo Mnyamane celebrates with Teboho Mokoena after socring in Wednesday's CAF Confederations Cup win over Gor Mahia. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

“They have to continue with their good work. But if they continue to work hard and the right offer from Europe is presented to us, we will not stand in their way,” Matthews explained.

Mnyamane has been unfortunate with injuries but when he is fit, the skilful winger is a menace for any opposition.

He was a prominent figure for United when they clinched the MTN 8 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban against Cape Town City.

Injury hampered Mnyamane's progress and his absence was evident. When he recovered he made a significant difference.

Mokoena, on the other hand, played a key role in SuperSport's magnificent Caf run.

He made things happen for Matsatsantsa A Pitori in the middle of the park with his ability to carve up the opposition with verve.

United struggled after selling their top talisman, Jeremy Brockie, in January, the New Zealand international joining Mamelodi Sundowns.

The team was not the same without Brockie and that’s perhaps the reason why they have opted against selling any other of their top players.

Instead, they beefed up their squad by acquiring Bongani Khumalo, James Keene and Washington Arubi.

They then cut ties with Kingston Nkhatha and Tetu Mashamaite and brought back Fagrie Lakay on loan from Ajax Cape Town.


Sunday Independent

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