Mamelodi Sundowns issue hands-off warning to Al Ahly over Shalulile

Mamelodi Sundowns have no interest in selling off star striker Peter Shalulile warning it would take a mega-bid to spring him from the club.

Mamelodi Sundowns issue hands-off warning to Al Ahly over Shalulile

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena says that Peter Shalulile is not for sale, warning that it would take big money to free him from his contract.

Shalulile has been linked with a move to Al Ahly where former Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is ensconced as boss.

Peter Shalulile is not for sale – Mamelodi Sundowns

Mokwena says that the links are pure speculation with no basis in reality.

“It is absolute hogwash‚ Peter Shalulile has a contract here at Sundowns. People will have to pay big money for Peter Shalulile but he is not available‚” said Mokwena after Sundowns final Caf Champions League group stage match.

Shalulile has proven to be both a goal-threat and a creative force for Sundowns since his move to Chloorkop from Tembisa in the closed season.

The former Highlands Park striker has been directly involved in 20 goals for Sundowns this season scoring 14 in all competitions and notching six assists.

Mokwena refutes Bafana Bafana and Al Ahly connections

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Rhulani Mokwena, joint head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium on 4 November 2020 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Mokwena also dispelled any suggestion that he will join Mosimane in North Africa, either as an assistant of the coach of another club from the region that dominates Caf competitions.

The Sundowns co-coach said that his focus remains on the club and that stories linking him to Wydad Casablanca and Bafana Bafana are flights of fancy.

Mokwena added: “North Africa and Bafana Bafana‚ it is a very difficult one because there has been speculation. I have a four-year contract here at Mamelodi Sundowns and my focus is only on Mamelodi Sundowns at the moment‚ and I don’t pay attention to these speculations.”

The Sundowns trainer also commented on SAFA urging them to give South African football fans hope after years of administrative and on-field failures at a national level.

“Fortunately‚ I am not the decision-maker because it is going to be a very difficult process. Our football needs a bit of an uplift or a facelift and it is not easy to map up a direction and continuously give hope to people.

“We continuously come up with Vision 2020‚ Vision 2022 or Vision 2026 and people will start losing hope. As leaders of South African football‚ it is important that we don’t allow our people to lose hope in us.

“That means people who have to map up the direction for our football must take the right decisions. Fortunately it is not my responsibility because it’s an enormous responsibility.”

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