The Glamour Boys stepped things up a notch several days ago following a bid that was confirmed by Stellies CEO Rob Benadie to the public broadcaster, although he’d said at the time the midfielder was a player they wanted to “retain”.
But after what has now been revealed to be successful talks, the side from the Winelands finally gave in when Amakhosi left them no choice by triggering the release clause on the player’s contract.
Mthethwa joined Stellenbosch from Black Leopards in January last year and Benadie said he was also a subject of interest by other clubs in the DStv Premierships without disclosing who else had approached them.
The hardman nicknamed ‘Ox’ becomes the third player in two seasons to move from Stellies to Naturena – and the amount exchanging hands could very well be proof of a solid relationship between the two teams.
Chiefs signed defender Zitha Kwinika for a reported R3-million a season ago and then went back for striker Ashley Du Preez, who – like Mthethwa – also had a buyout clause in the region of R10-million.
It’s further believed there were discussions around a player swap plus cash before the Soweto giants took a decision to rather meet the valuation to get Mthethwa on their books and strengthen coach Ntseki’s outfit.
Benadie confirmed the sale in a statement late last night.
“When Mthethwa initially joined the club, a buy-out clause was negotiated into his contract and that has now been activated by Kaizer Chiefs. It’s always sad to part ways with a player and person of Ox’s calibre but we would like to wish him all of the best in this next step of his career,” the CEO explained.
Stellies now have until Friday to find a replacement for Mthethwa if they wish to or can wait until January when the transfer window re-opens.