Ayabulela Magqwaka has emerged as one of the most in-demand youngsters for PSL clubs, with AmaTuks said to be close to signing the Amajita defender who starred in Lesotho
Following a triumphant return from Lesotho, a host of Amajita stars who lifted the 2013 Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships on Saturday have attracted the attention of PSL teams back home.
Leading the pack and expected to sign with one of the top teams in the country is Ayabulela Magqwaka, who was in superb form throughout the tournament.
Magqwaka, currently contracted to Ajax Cape Town, is reportedly close to securing a deal with the University of Pretoria, who have already enquired about his services and are keen to wrap-up a deal early next year.
AmaTuks boss Steve Barker is understood to have been a long-time admirer of Magqwaka, who scored South Africa’s first goal in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Kenya.
Magqwaka has had limited game-time with the Urban Warriors, but could see his participation in the PSL increase, thanks to a brilliant display at the Youth Championships.
Barker, however, will face stiff competition from Platinum Stars, who have also identified the Amajita star as one for the future.
Ajax earlier this year decided to get rid of Magqwaka, following bids from Stars and Maritzburg United, though this time around, Magqwaka could have a say in where he’d like to play next year.
Tuks are also said to be in talks with Siphelele Luthuli about a new contract, after a successful tournament has elevated him into contention for a starting role at the club.
Luthuli is a product of the University of Pretoria youth development and has been touted to become a star on the local scene.
Barker is keen to reward the youngster with a new deal to ensure he stays with the Pretoria side, after a number of fellow PSL clubs have asked about his availability.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs striker Sihle Nduli is also in demand, with no less than five teams in the running for his signature.
AmaZulu, Maritzburg United and Free State Stars are among the teams who have sought to make Nduli a regular starter, with Chiefs not quite ready to do the same, making a move elsewhere a temptation for the ambitious youngster.