Flames midfield kingpin Robert Ng’ambi looks set to stay put at Platinum Stars after the South Africa premiership side rejected SuperSport United bid for his services. However, his manager insists Ng’ambi’s days at Stars are still numbered.
South Africa’s Kick-Off magazine quoted SuperSport chief executive officer Stan Matthews as confirming his club’s bid for Ng’ambi who is back home processing his work permit supporting documents.
“We have spoken to Platinum Stars a few times. Senzo Masingiza was clear that the player was not for sale. They are not going to release him. He is a player we would have loved to have from an experience point of view and what he could add maybe to our title challenge,” Matthews was quoted as as having said.
Ng’ambi has during his stay at Stars since 2012 always been linked with moves to other big teams such as Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, but he insists he does not want to be distracted by mere speculation.
The midfielder’s manager Tim Sukazi confirmed to The Nation that Stars had poured cold water on United’s interest in Ng’ambi, adding that there were also other PSL teams that were chasing him.
“Platinum Stars are not willing to release him, but I think he has outgrown Stars. In any case, he is into the last optional contract year with Platinum Stars and he will be able to sign a pre-contract with any team and move next season,” Sukazi said in a telephone interview from Johannesburg yesterday.
Ng’ambi told The Nation that he was seeking to extend his work permit as the expired one was for two years and it did apply to the optional contract extension year which Stars have exercised.
“But my job is to just play. The rest of the office work is for my agent, Stars and the potential suitors,” he said.