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Sundowns hijacked Ndlovu deal - Motaung 16/08/04
Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung has branded Sundowns' Peter Ndlovu as "unethical and immoral" after the striker snubbed the Amakhosi for a move to the Brazilians.

Motaung is furious that Ndlovu signed with Premier Soccer League (PSL) rivals Sundowns, especially after the Zimbabwean had contacted the PSL champions first and agreed terms with the club.

"Peter Ndlovu joining Sundowns came as a surprise and I am very disappointed in the player," Motaung said on the club's official website.

"What happened was unethical and immoral, especially on the part of the player because in the first place we didn't go to him. He came to us with his manager almost three months ago and we discussed their proposal and their expectations, which we agreed on."

The Amakhosi supremo also revealed how the former Coventry and Sheffield United star and his manager kept them on the line by constantly informing them that they would be signing for Chiefs.

"He (Peter) went back overseas where he was to negotiate for his clearance with Sheffield United, but while he was at Sheffield, we believe he also went to Stoke City for a week and he assured us that he only went there for training. 

"His coming down on this instance was not for negotiations, it was for him to sign a contract so that we could register him. We were really surprised and taken aback when his manager phoned to inform us they were in negotiations with Sundowns.

"It was at this point that we decided enough was enough and that we were not getting involved in an auction match. For that reason I am very disappointed at Sundowns, as the player was not coming here for negotiations."

Motaung also had a go at Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe for his unethical business sense and added that perhaps the mining magnate is not aware of how his club is being run.

"What happened in this case was unethical. They just hijacked the deal. If this is how Patrice (Motsepe) is going to conduct his business, unless he doesn't know what his management is doing.

"This is not how business is done. If Sundowns had brought Peter down to sign a contract with them, we wouldn't have interfered."

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