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In a recent transfer deal that mirrors the practices of European football clubs, Black Leopards FC found themselves reaping the rewards of their former player, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, who was transferred from Stellenbosch FC to Kaizer Chiefs.

Kaizer Chiefs, Black Leopards, Sibongiseni Mthethwa
Sibongiseni Mthethwa during his days at Black Leopards in action against Kaizer Chiefs.

The Numbers Game

Sibongiseni Mthethwa’s journey through the South African football scene began with his move to Stellenbosch FC for an initial fee of R500,000.

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However, what sets this transfer apart is the 30% sell-on fee that Black Leopards negotiated as part of the deal.

This clause proved to be a masterstroke as Stellenbosch FC eventually sold Mthethwa to Kaizer Chiefs for a substantial R10 million.

The Power of the Sell-On Fee

When Stellenbosch  sealed the deal with Chiefs, Leopards earned a significant R3 million from the transfer.

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This amount represents a substantial windfall for a club like Leopards, showcasing the value of sell-on clauses in football transfers.

The practice of including sell-on fees has been prevalent in European football for years, and it’s encouraging to see South African clubs adopting this strategy to secure their financial future.

Sibongiseni Mthethwa’s Profile

Mthethwa, a 29-year-old defensive midfielder, has undoubtedly been a standout performer on the pitch.

His move to Chiefs on a three-year deal underlines his quality and potential to make a significant impact in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

A Trend to Watch

The successful transfer of Mthethwa and the resulting financial gain for Leopards highlights a growing trend in South African football.

Clubs are becoming more astute in their negotiations, using sell-on clauses to secure a share of future transfer profits.

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This not only benefits the selling club but also contributes to the overall growth and sustainability of football in South Africa.

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