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Sport - Date: 31 July 2020
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 448
Following his departure from Black Leopards at the end of last month, Joseph Mhlongo is now being targeted by several Absa Premiership clubs.
According to the player’s agent, Mr Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi of Rush Hour Sports Management, his client was likely to sign a contract with one of the PSL clubs very soon.
Mulovhedzi revealed that several PSL clubs, including Orlando Pirates, Chippa United and Highlands Park, were interested in Mhlongo’s services. According to Mulovhedzi, these clubs declared their interest in the player towards the end of last year.
He said that some of the clubs had offered the player a pre-contract at the beginning of the year. He further stated that they had delayed signing the pre-contracts to give Black Leopards preference. According to him, Lidoda Duvha offered the player a revised contract about two months ago. “After looking at the revised offer from Black Leopards, we realized that Mhlongo was no longer young and that he wanted something better and more solid, hence we declined the offer,” said Mulovhedzi.
Mulovhedzi also said that he was receiving calls from PSL clubs daily, wanting to know if Mhlongo was still available. He stated that he was still weighing his options and that they would sign a contract with one of the PSL clubs before the new season started. Mhlongo, who will be turning 30 on 25 September, played for the GladAfrica Championship side, Ubuntu Cape Town FC, before joining Black Leopards on 1 July 2017.
At that stage, Black Leopards were campaigning in the GladAfrica Championship. “Black Jesus” as he is affectionately called, scored five goals in 22 matches for the Thohoyandou side in his debut season with the club. He assisted the club in gaining promotion to the elite league the following season.
Mulovhedzi thanked Black Leopards for the exposure they had given him during his stay with them over the past three years. “We really enjoyed our relationship with Black Leopards over the past three years, but unfortunately we could not extend his stay as we felt that we could get him something better for his age,” concluded Mulovhedzi.
Mhlongo was the third player to part ways with Black Leopards within a space of four months. Thuso Phala was the first to leave their camp after his contract was terminated, following acts of misconduct. Karabo Tshepe followed suit before Mhlongo’s three-year contract with the club expired on 30 June. The team’s dribbling wizard, Lesedi Kapinga, was the last player to say goodbye to the club after his contract was terminated last week.
Happier days at Black Leopards. Joseph Mhlongo (right) and Karabo Tshepe.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.