Category : Football | Posted on 2020-10-01 By : Mpendulo Sithole Image : Google
Player intermediary (agent) Jazzman Mahlakgane believes that overseas moves are overrated for South African football players. Mahlakgane who represents several players in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) including the Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch who was linked with an overseas move according to several reports.
Mahlakgane believes that international moves for PSL players are just a distraction and revealed the issues behind Lorch’s recent poor performances in the league and why it will be difficult for him to secure an international club.
The prominent businessman acknowledged that he has been heavily criticized for failing to secure overseas deals for his players in the past like former Bafana Bafana stars Teko Modise and Siphiwe Tshabalala, however, he also reasoned why he thinks overseas moves are overrated considering that some of his players couldn’t create a name for themselves when they were granted an opportunity to play internationally.
“This overseas thing is overrated, and I say this unapologetically,” said Mahlakgane during a South African Football Journalists Association (Safja) event.
“Nobody takes his bags and go to the airport, gets into the flight and go overseas to play.”
“The recent era of overseas moves has just been nothing but a distraction, it has never been something that one of the players goes overseas and have a great career then comes back.”
“I took Tefu Mashamaite when he was at his peak, when he was the captain at the club winning trophies with Kaizer Chiefs then we went to Sweden and you know what happened. Siphiwe Tshabalala was playing well at Chiefs and the opportunity came to go to Turkey but we will have a press conference about it.”
Mahlakgane also provided insight about Lorch and the media reports about him going to play overseas and the reasons why it is currently not possible for them to make that overseas move happen.
“At the moment, the conversation I’m having with Lorch is about re-establishing ourselves because after he won the Footballer of the Year, everything dropped. Whether it was the noise about his overseas move that affected his performance but we have to work hard again,” said Mahlakgane.
“We are working very hard to bring him back to his normal senses because the fact that he played so well then and then there was overseas noise because we were doing something good, right now I think the noise is just pollution.”
“Everybody knows that Lorch hasn’t been playing well at the moment, so I’m not sure what he will be trading overseas and where he will be appreciated with his current level and form.”
“From a professional point of view, and the point of re-organizing ourselves and dealing with his personal stuff which is under control but also we have to go back to football and organize ourselves better and I have confidence that he will bounce back to his glory days and when that happens there will be a lot of conversations with SAFJA,” he concluded.