South African footballer signs for two different clubs in PSL as messy transfer saga looms

Marumo Gallants midfielder Lebogang Mabotja may have entangled himself in a potentially messy transfer saga after signing for two clubs.

Lebogang Mabotja had a fine season in Gallants’ colours, although the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists were relegated. The 31-year-old was named Most Consistent Player after featuring in 39 games in all competitions.

In the DStv Premiership, the left-back played 28, while the other 11 came in the CAF Confederation Cup. He provided two assists, helping Marumo to the semi-final of the CAF interclub tournament.

Mabotja was one of the players released by Gallants and was available on a free transfer.
It has since come to attention that the player penned two contracts ahead of the 2023/24 season.

In May, the veteran defender penned a one-year deal with an option of another year with Sekhukhune United. Babina Noko are playing in the CAF Confederation Cup after finishing as losing finalists in the Nedbank Cup.

They had hoped the experience of the left-footed defender would come in handy when they play in Africa. It has since emerged that he signed a two-year deal with Royal AM on June 11, 2023.

When contacted for comment, the defender denied having signed with any club. He claimed he was still awaiting offers and hoped to train with Polokwane City.

“It’s a lie that I’ve signed with any club. I know of [Sekhukhune United] interest in me, but I haven’t signed.

“They’re lying. I’m still sitting at home waiting to see if something good will come by. I’m wondering where Polokwane City is so I can train with them,” Mabotja told FARPost before abruptly ending the conversation.

Indications are that the player was represented by two different agents when negotiating his personal terms with the two clubs.

One of the agents, Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi, who negotiated the Sekhukhune deal, distanced himself from the player. He was aggressive when asked about his involvement in the deal. “I don’t represent Mabotja.”

“You’ve asked me a question and I’ve replied you, why are you asking me again.”

The two clubs could find themselves locked in a dispute over Mabotja’s signature, and it is unclear which club he will ultimately play for next season.

Mabotja has previously played for Black Leopards, Baroka FC and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

It will be interesting to see how the dispute over Mabotja’s signature is resolved, and who he ultimately plays for next season.

However, one thing is for sure: the transfer drama is sure to keep South African football fans talking for weeks to come.


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