Richards Bay warns clubs against tapping up Chiefs-linked Magoola
"As the club, we view this as total disrespect and unprofessional conduct by these clubs," read the club's statement.
Salim Magoola of Richards Bay FC (Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix)
Richards Bay FC have warned clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and across the continent to stop trying to lure their goalkeeper Salim Magoola away from their team.
Magoola has been linked with several clubs including DStv Premiership side Kaizer Chiefs, who are said to be interested in signing the Uganda international.
The 28-year-old Magoola, who joined Richards Bay last year from Pretoria Callies, was nominated as one of the best goalkeepers in the league last season after an incredible display for the KwaZulu-Natal-based side.
“Richards Bay Football Club would like to raise a serious concern with the conduct of certain clubs in the Premier Soccer League and African continent leagues approaching our goalkeeper Salim Magoola,” read a statement from the club.
“As the club, we view this as total disrespect and unprofessional conduct by these clubs. Salim Magoola remains a Richards Bay Football Club player with a long-standing contract. The clubs know very well that should they be interested, proper channels need to be followed and these should not be done through social media or directly with the player concerned.”
“The club would further like to request those engaging in this unprofessional conduct to stop or follow proper procedures as we deem this as a serious plot against Richards Bay Football Club.”
Magoola made news last month when he refused to play in the club’s fixture against Moroka Swallows FC in the Carling Black Label Knockout because of his religious beliefs as a he is Muslim.
The former Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh SC goalkeeper is currently with the Uganda national team in camp for Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Somalia.