High noon at Sundowns

Ndlovu set to seal deal after crucial talks
BY MTHULISI SIBANDA
SENIOR SPORTS REPORTER
JOHANNESBURG - Midfielder Peter Ndlovu's contract with reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns is expected to be concluded before the end of this week.
The Zimbabwe international is involved in talks wit

h Sundowns management in crucial talks to thrash out his future at the big-spending club.
In an interview with CAJ News on Monday, Sundowns’ head coach Gordon Igesund, said the talks had reached an advanced stage and hoped the deal could be reached before the end of the week.
“Peter is still negotiating with management and we are hopeful that the talks will be concluded before the end of the week. We are looking forward to having him back in the team ahead of our next assignment,” said Igesund, whose team takes on Asters de Douala in a Confederations Cup match on Saturday in Cameroon.
Media reports suggest Igesund has earmarked Ndlovu for an assistant coaching post but the former Warriors captain believes he still has something to offer as a player.
Ndlovu joined ‘The Brazilians’ three years ago after the team beat Kaizer Chiefs for his signature.
Nonetheless, critics suggest he has not justified the pomp and fanfare that greeted his entry into the South African Premiership, his tenure characterized by recurrent injury to his ageing legs and loss of form. A return of 10 goals in just more than 30 matches is, however, not bad for a midfielder.
Stand-in captain and countryman Esrom Nyandoro is also looking forward to the return of The Bulawayo Bullet.
“I am fortunate to have known Peter for a considerable period of time. I have learned so much from him,” said Nyandoro.
Meanwhile new Orlando Pirates recruit Ralph Matema is expected back in the team within a fortnight.
The former Highlanders striker has not featured in The Buccaneers’ disastrous league campaign so far, after sustaining a groin injury during the pre-season.
“From the team doctors’ assessment, Matema would need about four weeks to recuperate. He is recovering fine and we expect him to be back in the line-up in two weeks,” said a member of the Pirates technical team. After missing Pirates’ two league games, Matema is therefore now likely to miss the SAA Supa 8 and another two league assignments.
Matema’s setback has left the misfiring Buccaneers thin in attack. In his absence the team has failed to collect any points or score any goals, prompting fans to demand the resignation of head coach Bibey Mutombo, who this weekend had to be escorted off the pitch by police with fans baying for his blood after the loss to Bidvest Wits.
The head coach remains defiant and cites Matema’s injury as one of the reasons why the team is firing blanks.
“Matema’s injury has killed our rhythm upfront. The other problem is luck. We create a number of goal-scoring opportunities but unfortunately we fail to convert them into goals. I am currently working on this problem and will continue to do so until we get it right,” Mutombo insisted. – CAJ News

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