‘Not even R15m can buy Shalulile’

By Michael Uugwanga

HIGHLANDS Park Football Club have strongly rejected news reports linking Namibian international striker Peter Shalulile to Kaizer Chiefs.

It appears officials at Highlands Park are agitated about rumours circulating in South Africa that Shalulile is being headhunted by Kaizer Chiefs, saying that the striker is happy at the club and has no intention of parting ways with the club that made him one of the most prized players in the ABSA Premiership this season.

According to South African media reports, Kaizer Chiefs tabled a reported N$15 million offer for the striker, who has this season scored 12 league goals for his club, two shy of leading scorer in the league Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates, who has so far scored 14 goals before the league was put on hold due to Covid-19.

Shalulile was nominated for the 2019/2020 Kick-off Footballer of the Season, a prestigious award that was won by another Namibian footballer Deon Hotto of Bidvest Wits last season. Former Kaizer Chiefs great and former Namibian captain Muhamed ‘Slice’ Ouseb also won the award in 1998 in his debut season with Chiefs.

Shalulile will come up against other top contenders for the award, which includes Bonginkosi Ntuli (AmaZulu), Lebogang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs), Samir Nurkovic (Kaizer Chiefs),ThembaZwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United), Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates) and Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United).

In an interview with Confidente Sport, Sinky Mnisi, director at Highlands Park strongly rubbished the reports which he described as a campaign to try and destabilize the progress being made at the club.

He also took issue with media houses that fabricate unfounded stories, despite Highlands Park’s chairperson having been quoted earlier this month saying that even the R10 million quoted (that was quoted) to lure Shalulile away from the club would not be enough to pay the club’s expenses for two months.

Mnisi also made it clear that Shalulile is not for sale.

“Unfortunately we will not be in a position to talk about that as we are faced with the coronvirus. Secondly, we do not know anything about your story and we believe it would be better for you to find out from your source. The only thing that I can confirm is that he is contracted to us for five years. That is all that we are prepared to say, as he has never been for sale.

“Also, as a matter of fact we will request you and anyone to refrain from malicious statements, including trying to stabilize our team and causing unnecessary confusion to the team and people at large. I am sure in terms of the ethics of journalism, you should know better.

“I’m sure Highlands Park is professional enough to make announcements and pronouncements as and when they are there as a professional team. Do not in any [way] try to start a story with a sole intention of trying to create an impression that our player is in demand by other big teams, we really do not take kind to such behaviours,” said a fuming Mnisi.

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