Matthews: Financial implications of Covid-19 could see Modiba sold to Sundowns

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Aubrey Modiba of SuperSport United walking out to face Mamelodi Sundowns
  • Post published:July 16, 2020

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has admitted that the club could be forced into selling star man Aubrey Modiba to long-time admirers Mamelodi Sundowns in trying to balance the books after the financial impact of Covid-19.

Downs have been keen to lure Modiba to Chloorkop for a number of years now and came close in January, but the player ultimately decided to reject a move to Sundowns and signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with Matsatsantsa.

However, following the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent financial implications, Matthews admits that the club could accept a big-money move to aid in balancing their books.

‘Not yet, brother [selling Modiba] … we are in talks but agreed to address it when we know where the season is going,’ Matthews told

‘Covid-19 and maybe a juicy new offer [changed my mind about selling]. No details yet … and if it happens it will just be a sale, no players coming our way.

‘Our budgets are affected with grants [possibly] suspended from month end … probably not. We only budgeted grants to June, so we can’t take anything for granted.

‘No numbers finalised yet but we have to be realistic in this economic environment,’ the SuperSport boss explains.

‘At the same time Aubrey is special and young, and someone we value greatly. Well, it won’t be for less [than Sundowns’ previous bid], that’s for sure [laughs].

‘If it happens it will be one of the biggest transfers of the window. If it happens, it will be the number we are happy with.’