SUNDOWNS track Ocean Mushure

03 Aug, 2014 - 06:08 0 Views

The Sunday Mail

> Defender could go for free

> Also wanted in Poland

> DeMbare short of cover



ABSA PREMIERSHIP champions Mamelodi Sundowns are trailing roving Dynamos left-back Ocean Mushure.

The South African outfit’s coaches were impressed by the 28-year-old Zimbabwe international wing-back when they played the Glamour Boys in a practice match last month and immediately made their intentions known.

Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha confirmed the Downs’ interest.

“What I know is that their coaches were very impressed by Ocean when we played them in a practice match in July and they expressed a willingness to take him aboard.

“But so far they haven’t come back to us to officially open negotiations,” Chikengezha said.

There is fear within the DeMbare camp that the South Africans might wait and capture Mushure for free in December when his contract expires.

“I can’t say much as regards his contract, but I can confirm that it’s running out at the end of the year and should Sundowns not come back for him, we will sit down with him and try to extend it as we have set ourselves a September 30 deadline to finalise our 2015 squad,” said Chikengezha.

An official close to the local champions said Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and Warriors legend Peter Ndlovu — who is now a manager at the mega-bucks Pretoria club — held talks with Mushure soon after the practice match.

“Peter and their coach (Mosimane) talked to him after the match and said they would be coming back to open negotiations with Dynamos.

“His advantage is that Peter already knows him very well, having worked with him during his time as an assistant to then Warriors coach Klaus Dieter-Pagels,” said the official.

The left-back position is one of Downs’ weakest links, with Bafana Bafana trialist Punch Masenamela having struggled to sparkle.

However, Sundowns are not alone in chasing after Mushure, as he also has a trial stint lined up in Poland later this month.

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