Leopards to hang onto stars

Black Leopards have confirmed that they will be holding on to the remainder of their top stars after the sale of Kingston Nkhatha to Kaizer Chiefs.

Nkhatha is expected to sign with the AmaKhosi when he returns from holiday in Zimbabwe this week, with Lidoda Duvha loathe to lose their top marksman but happy with the R3.5-million they will receive for the 26-year-old.

The club have received firm offers for Tiyani Mabunda and Raymond Monama, but have rebuffed these and say they have no intention to sell. There has also been interest in influential skipper Mongezi Bobe.

“We will not be selling anybody else, bar Loyiso Mapolisa, who we have placed on the transfer-list. We have told his agent to get us a firm offer and we will consider it,” Leopards spokesman Tendani Thidiela says.

“We have received offers for Mabunda and Monama but they will not be leaving. We want to keep hold of our best players now and build for next season.”

Leopards have gathered in Polokwane for the start of pre-season today and will now look ahead to the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup clash with Sudanese side Al-Marreikh in Omdurman on June 30.