Sundowns eye more foreign players

2014-02-09 06:00

A joke doing the rounds after Bafana’s 3-1 victory over Mozambique at the Cape Town stadium last month was that Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe asked his people to sign Hlompho Kekana after his stunning shot beat the Mambas goalkeeper Soarito. The Tshwane side is known for going for one-game wonders. PSL rules stipulate that clubs can register only five foreign players, but that has not stopped the big-spending Sundowns from signing more. Their foreign legion consists of Dove Wome (Togo), Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila (Zimbabwe), Rashid Sumaila and Mukuka Mulenga (Zambia).

The club also has a number of naturalised foreign-born players. These include Elias Pelembe, Kennedy Mweene, Anthony Laffor, Esrom Nyandoro and Alje Schut.

The Brazilians are expected to unveil Zimbabwean midfield hot-shot Kudakwashe Mahachi, who impressed during Chan.

There is also a tug of war between Sundowns and neighbours SuperSport United over the tournament’s most valuable player, Nigerian Christantus Ejike.

The winger was on Orlando Pirates’ radar but the Buccaneers were put off by the asking price and also after learning that Sundowns had already courted him.

It emerged later in the week that United had also entered the race for the Rangers International player. Pirates were after Nigerian defender Azubuike Egwuekwe but were put off by the asking price from his club, Warri Wolves.

Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele has denied reports that they were interested in Ugandan striker Yunus Sentamu.

He said this could just be a ploy to sell the player using Pirates’ name.

Ajax Cape Town were quick to snap up Zimbabwean striker Simba Sithole, who also impressed during Chan.

» Meanwhile, former Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi – who was a keen spectator at Loftus when Sundowns beat his former side 2-0 on Wednesday – was on Friday unveiled as an assistant to Pitso Mosimane.

He is to beef up Mosimane’s technical team, which already includes Alex “Barnes” Bapela.

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