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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
Ndlovu signs for Sundowns
By Mark Gleeson
BBC Sport

Peter Ndlovu
Ndlovu could become the best-paid player in the South African league

Zimbabwe captain Peter Ndlovu has signed for South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ndlovu moved to the Pretoria-based club on Thursday, after competing in English football for over a decade.

Ndlovu was given a free transfer by Sheffield United at the end of last season but at 31 is expected to be a major star in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

He will be paid a record signing-on fee and salary, although officials said the specific details will not be formally released.

The costs to Sundowns are expected to be as high as US$500,000 over the next two years.

Ndlovu's wage demands - which exceed the earnings of any player in the league - saw Kaizer Chiefs pull out of the race for his signature earlier this week.

Chiefs had been talking to Ndlovu for several months and were the initial favourites to get the player.

But Sundowns, who continually battle Chiefs in the image-conscious South African football transfer market, have pulled off a major coup over their arch rivals.

Already married to a South African pop star, Ndlovu has a house in Johannesburg and his elder brother Adam Ndlovu has played in the PSL for the last two seasons.

Sundowns is owned by Patrice Motsepe, a mining magnate who is fast becoming the Roman Abramovich of African football.

Last month, Motsepe prised Kaizer Chiefs' goalkeeper Brian Baloyi away from the club with a US$160,000 signing-on fee.

In the season-opening Charity Spectacular on 31 July, Baloyi's penalty-stopping form gave Sundowns victory over Chiefs in the final.




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