DURBAN - SuperSport United were interesting in luring back the Bafana Bafana attacker, Lebogang Manyama but couldn't agree terms with his agent.
Manyama is a free agent after parting ways with the Turkish side, Konyaspor earlier this month. Matsatsantsa A Pitori chief executive officer (CEO), Stanley Matthews, informed Independent Media in a exclusive interview that they were interested in signing Manyama.
"Every club would like to have the player of Manyama's calibre. To answer your question, yes we were interested in bringing him in to our set up but couldn't agree terms with his agent (Alfred Phiri). His wage demand are high ever-since he moved to Europe. As the club we have a budget and Manyama is on high price bracket. We can't afford him. He is the son of the club and we wanted to bring him but couldn't meet his demands," an honest Matthews elaborated.
Manyama had the stint with SuperSport between 2013 and 2016 but left the club to join Mpumalanga Black Aces, which later became Cape Town City, two years ago. Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are now set to battle it out for his signature. Manyama enjoyed a successful Premier Soccer League season in 2016/17 walking away with the Footballer of the Season and the Golden Boot gongs at the end of the campaign.
Masandawana are still searching for the replacements of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau. Tau joined English Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion, while Billiat made a surprise move signing for Amakhosi. While Matsatsantsa A Pitori failed in pursuit to secure the services of Manyama, the club have bolstered their squad with a former Bafana Bafana captain.
"Bongani Khumalo has joined us on a one year contract. His contract has an option to extend it with another season should he impress. He is a good character and did well for us in the past. He is very experienced center-back," he added.
United suffered last season as they battled for relegation following their successful Caf Confederation Cup campaign where they succumbed to TP Mazembe in the final. "This season our priority is the league. We want to finish in the Top four," Matthews said.
"We will be experimenting in the cup competitions by giving some of our young players an opportunity to showcase themselves. In terms of our transfer activities, we won't be that active. We are finalising a deal with a young Zambian striker. I believe we've signed well. We have bolstered our team with three experience players in James Keene, Washington Arubi and Bongani Khumalo."
SuperSport decided against the renewing the contract of Teu Mashamaite and Kingston Nkhatha.