Stanley Matthews, SuperSport United CEO
Wednesday Jul 15, 2015. 11:35
SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews revealed that the club have missed out on signing Robert Ng'ambi, Siyabonga Nhlapo and Daniel Cardoso in the on-going transfer window.
Matthews explained that the club were targeting the trio, but were forced to look elsewhere as the start of the 2015/2016 Premier Soccer League season creeps closer.
Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits respectively made it clear that Ng'ambi and Nhlapo were not for sale, while Cardoso opted to join Absa Premiership champions Kaizer Cheifs.
"I think everyone will be interested in Ng'ambi, but it is not a possible deal. I've spoken to Platinum Stars a few times, but they were clear to me that the player is not for sale so there is no use hitting your head against a brick wall," Matthews said.
"He is a player that we would have liked to have had at the club from an experience point of few and what he could add maybe to a title challenge - at the end of the day you can only do what is possible.
"There was a few players that we had our eye on and we lost out on, Cardoso, Ng'ambi is one of them."
Matsatsantsa were eager to sign Nhlapo and Matthews was confident of luring the fullback to Pretoria, having made a substantial offer for his services, only for the Clever Boys to place a 'not for sale' tag on their Bafana Bafana defender.
"Nhlapo from Bidvest Wits is a player that we really wanted to sign and we made what I think was a generous offer, which was declined so you move on," Matthews continued.
SuperSport have been busy in the transfer market, but Matthews confirmed they are not done as yet, with the club on the lookout for one more defender before the transfer window shuts close.
"We are 100 per cent going to reinforce our backline with one more defensive player, which one it is, we are still working down the checklist," he added.
"The market is inflated, there is a lot of talk in the market, but not a lot of action. The next month will play out."