All is not lost for Mbule: SuperSport offer support!

All is not lost for Mbule: SuperSport offer support!

Mbule was one of the players who was at the centre of numerous stories during the transfer window, with SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews delivering a scathing review of his conditioning after the Christmas break.

Speaking to SA FM, Matthews said Mbule’s ill-discipline is the reason he would not be sold to any club at this stage, despite having reportedly been on the radar of both Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in this past January transfer window.

Matthews said while Mbule arrived at the same time as Teboho Mokoena at SuperSport United, he hasn’t done enough to take his football to another level. By contrast, Mokoena was one of the players who secured a big-money move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mbule may be one of the well-known figures in Kaitano Tembo’s team, but after a long absence from action dating back to November 2021, he recently featured in his first match of the year following a brief appearance against AmaZulu

Previously, his agent Mike Makaab said everything regarding Mbule’s future will be clearer by May, with the feeling being that he will leave SuperSport at the end of the season.

However, it now appears that the tide may be turning for Mbule, with the SuperSport coach providing a positive update.

“Sipho has been doing very well in training, he’s been working very hard. We’ve been very supportive of him because we feel that he’s a talented youngster, We must guide him so that he’s not lost to South African football,” Tembo told journalists – as quoted by Soccer Laduma – in a virtual press conference ahead of their Nedbank Cup clash against Platinum City Rovers this weekend.

“His response has been very good, his attitude in training has been very good. He’s just lacking a bit in terms of match fitness. But that will only come with him playing. We will try to build his match fitness gradually. We don’t want to push him too hard as well. We’re quite happy with his progress so far, soon we’ll start seeing the real Sipho Mbule,” Tembo said.

Recently, former Bafana player Alton Meiring says out-of-favour Sipho Mbule needs to show mental strength rather than just sulk

“Mbule just needs to keep working because there is always reward for putting in the hard work,” former Sundowns and South Africa player Aton Meiring has now told KickOff.com.

“He (Mbule) must still keep working on earning that move that he desires the same way he has done in raising the interest in the past. This is his career and so he must be first to show the desire.

“The player might not be happy, but the club cannot stop him from the joy of working towards what he needs for his career. He has a contract and so must honour it by working the same way he has done all these years.

“He must also look into his lifestyle instead of feeling like a victim in this situation. It is up to how strong he is in this situation.

“He must be the first at training and last to leave so that he sends a message to the club about that his mind is up to it.”

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