Wanderers’ ‘Timo’ off to Buffaloes!
MTNFootball.com has reliably learnt that the talented player, who played a vital role in Wanderers’ league campaign last season as one of the key players, will be released by the hub giants to join the army side in the forthcoming season.
Mathonsi is set to become the third player to leave the ‘Weslians’ this week, as former captain Elias Tsabalaka tendered his resignation and indicated he intends joining Manzini Sundowns, while striker Mike Mohammed looks set to sign with Mbabane Swallows where he began training on Thursday.
“He wants to join the army per se but obviously he’s still a very fit, talented and experienced player who could add value to Buffaloes, who are just on a rebuilding process,” said a source.
Unlike with Buffaloes’ other targets, he was not approached by the army side but it was his passion for the army that drew their attention and also saw his current club bless his desired move.
“As Wanderers we know Timo has been very loyal to us and he didn’t hide his interest to move on with his career. We’re fully behind him and hope he’ll be successful,” confirmed Wanderers manager Sidney Nxumalo last night.
He said their supporters must not misinterpret this move but take it positively as the player’s future was also vital and if he wanted to move on, then they could not stop him after serving them so well for a long time.
“Should everything go well, we’d be ready to give Buffaloes his clearance so he can have his chance for a new challenge,” added Nxumalo.
Buffaloes’ PRO Alex Maphosa confirmed Mathonsi is set to sign with ‘Amathole Ezinyathi’. “Yes, there is something to that effect but the reason I’m sceptical about it is because I’m not privy to what is happening as the matter was being handled by elders in the club who were beyond me,” he said.
The player also confirmed that he intends joining Buffaloes in the new season: “I have been loyal to Wanderers and I believe a change of scene will help further my career.”
On the way out:
Timothy Mathonsi (to Young Buffaloes)
Mike Mohammed (to Mbabane Swallows)
Elias Tsabalaka (to Manzini Sundowns)
Reagan Charles (from Hellenic)
Kevin Charles (from Hellenic)
Bobby Carrington (from Hellenic)
Jacob Mzokomba (from Manzini Sundowns)