Limpopo’s ABC Motsepe League side, Mpheni Home Defenders, could reportedly lose as many players to the professional teams ahead of the 2023/2024 Premier Soccer League campaigns.

Mpheni had a fantastic season during the 2022/2023 season. They had won their stream A in the ABC Motsepe League. They also went on to beat the stream B winners, The Dolphins in the Provincial Playoffs to seal their spot in the national playoffs.

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Mpheni represented Limpopo province in the National Playoffs which took place in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal early this year.

However, regrettably, Home Defenders were eliminated in the semi-finals of the national playoffs by Northern Cape’s Upington City after they lost 3-2 on penalty-shootout.

Home Defenders ready to lose key players

The club’s President, Thomani Habihwa has confirmed that the main players from his side have attracted interest from some PSL clubs.

While Habihwa could not disclose the interested teams, he has claimed that should the ongoing negotiations between Mpheni and the fascinated sides, some of his players will be playing professional football next season.

“There are many Interests in our players from both DStv Premiership and Motsepe Foundation Championship teams, but I can’t disclose it now,” Habihwa told LimSportsZone.

Mpheni Home Defender players on the verge of joining PSL clubs
Home Defenders players celebrate during provincial playoffs

“We are still in the process of negotiation with the teams. We want to release them, we are here to promote players. Should they get a chance, we won’t stand in their way.

“If anyone gets a chance to play for a team that is better and bigger than us, or a better offer, we are ready to release them. We have too ambitious players in our squad.”

LimSportsZone understands that a few Professional teams, including Polokwane City and Black Leopards, have shown interest in Mpheni’s players.

And one of the deals done is for the Mpheni Home Defenders captain Thabelo Tshikweta, who has joined Venda Football Club, formerly known as VFA, as reported by FARPost last week.

By Clifton Mabasa


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