JOHANNESBURG - SuperSport United's refusal to sell Jeremy Brockie to Mamelodi Sundowns is about the club sending a strong message that they will not be bullied by their crosstown rivals and their deep pockets.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori chief executive Stan Matthews revealed that they will lay a complaint to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) over Sundowns’ approach for the New Zealand forward.
“There is a charter with rules and a constitution that governs us,” Matthews said on Thursday. “I can say watch this space because for sure we will be laying a complaint with the PSL after this transfer window.”
Matsatsantsa are not the only club angered by Sundowns’ manner of approach on their players. Cape Town City and Maritzburg United have also hit out at the Brazilians for how they have gone about in luring their players to Chloorkop. If Mathews’ words and the current mood in the transfer market is anything to go by, Sundowns will have a tough time getting players in the domestic scene going forward, which could see them forced to exercise their cheque book even more.
“You tell me what you see around the country at the moment,” Matthews said. “When (George) Lebese is agitating for a move from (Kaizer) Chiefs, (Oupa) Manyisa from (Orlando) Pirates, Rivaldo (Coetzee) from Ajax (Cape Town), (Lebogang) Manyama and (Aubrey) Ngoma from Cape Town City, Brockie and Phakamani Mahlambi too, you look at that and say what’s the common thread?
"And then you tell me whether we as clubs should be happy that coaches from other teams call our players directly? That terms, prices and fees are negotiated when you haven’t had the decency to get permission from a club to talk to their player.”
Matthews continued, “These are things that no football administrator should be happy about. They are not proper. The lack of activity in the transfer market speaks a lot to the fact that it’s not only about money anymore.
"It’s not a case of pitching up with a big chequebook and thinking you can throw your wallet at it and we are all going to roll over and rebuild our team season after season while few people run off with the silverware.
"It’s the way things are being done (that leaves a bitter taste). There are seven or eight clubs in the PSL that are experiencing the same problem of their players being encouraged to stay away from training. It doesn’t leave a good taste.”