With his contract coming to an end in June, the Lamontville Golden Arrows, and Bafana Bafana winger has a difficult decision to make.
While both teams are giants of South African football, player’s prospects for their career development must be taken into consideration. Will joining either Chiefs or Pirates stagnate or boost Mmodi’s career?
Before we delve deeper into that question, is he worth the chase in the first place?
Pule Mmodi’s contribution for Lamontville Golden Arrows this season has been twenty-one appearances across all competitions.
He has scored five goals and contributed a single assist to Abafana bes’thende’s cause.
The above statistics are not something to write home about, but they can also be deceiving if a decision has to be made based purely on them.
The truth is, Mmodi is a quality player, and if he can find himself in an environment where he is surrounded by quality players and coaches, his full potential can be on full display.
There is no doubt about Mmodi’s talent, so he is worth the chase. And which of the two Soweto giants would make a good home for the winger?
More game time at Kaizer Chiefs?
Looking at Amakhosi as a team, that is where Mmodi can get a lot of game time.
Arthur Zwane is a great admirer of speedy, skillful wingers who can take defenders on to create scoring opportunities and score goals, and Mmodi is all of the above.
With the likes of Sekgota lacking consistency and not producing much in terms of goals and assists, Mmodi might find himself in the Kaizer Chiefs starting line up more often than not.
So if game time is what his decision will be based on, Amakhosi are his team.
Greater impact at Orlando Pirates?
If Pule Mmodi decides Orlando Pirates is his team, than he must be prepared to sweat for a place in the starting line up.
With the likes of Saleng, Pule, Hotto competing for places, Mmodi might find himself struggling for regular game time.
But if he can work hard and break into the starting eleven, playing for Bucs can be fulfilling for the winger.
Playing alongside top talents like Lorch, Saleng, Ndlondlo and Pule will elevate his game.
What is even more exciting about Mmodi and Orlando Pirates, is the style of play. He can fit perfectly to their game model.
The prospect of seeing Mmodi and Saleng on either side of the top striker, whether it is Dzvukamanja, Erasmus, Marou or Mabena, is just mouthwatering.
Has he indicated where his possible destination might be?
According to an inside source at Arrows who spoke to Soccer Laduma, Pule Mmodi is focusing on Golden Arrows at the moment.
“There is no such thing, the player has not signed a pre-contract with Chiefs or any other club for that matter.
He is focused on finishing the season on a high with Arrows and everything to do with his future will be decided at the end of the season,” said the source.