Uniao Flamengo Santoshas come out with guns blazing regarding the transfer rumours surrounding their prized player, Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele.
The team’s Communications Officer, Mogakolodi Mookodi, told Sunday Standard that Ngele is not for sale.
“Let me make it clear that Ngele is not up for sale; he is priceless at the moment. The player, in the first place, is young and still needs guidance and that’s what Uniao Flamengo Santos is doing. We want him not to be distracted from all these rumours but to be a full fledged player,” he said.
Mookodi also stressed that it is disturbing to hear rumours of Ngele’s transfer while, in addition, there is not even a single team that has formally written to them requesting to negotiate with him. He said that it is disturbing because maybe the teams are negotiating with him behind the scenes and thus distracting him.
Mookodi added that even if Ngele was to move to any team locally, it would not do him a favour because Santos would be engaged in the African competitions, something that would give him enough exposure and experience.
“We want our players, including Ngele, to be exposed to the reality of African football and this is the ideal opportunity for them. The African exposure can also serve as a once in lifetime opportunity for several players. Some talent scouts from all over the world might have a glimpse of our players and thus making it to highly paid ranks,” Mookodi said.
Santos will be playing in the African competition after winning the Coca-Cola tournament for the first time in their history. It is, however, not surprising for many teams to chase after the signature of the 19-year-old Ngele, who has been a revelation since bursting into the elite league two seasons ago.
In his first season at Santos, he helped the team to qualify for the finals of the Coca-Cola Cup and helped it clinch it this year.
Last season when Santos reached the finals, he was voted Player of the Tournament. He might retain the award again this year because he was a marvel to watch and was even voted Man of the Match after the finals.
Ngele also played a pivotal role for the national Under 20 last year when they bowed out in the last lap of the African Youth Championships. His talent has also not gone unnoticed by senior national team coach, Stanley Tshosane. He has been part of the team for the recent friendly games.
During the recent prize giving ceremony of the be-Mobile Premier league, Mokganedi Molefhe, chairman of Santos, revealed that there are reports that certain teams in the South African Premier League are closely monitoring his performance and might sign him in the next transfer window.