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Mngqithi explains why star-studded Sundowns signed 34-year-old Ralani

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Surprise Ralani (Twitter, courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns)
Surprise Ralani (Twitter, courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns)

Manqoba Mngqithi says Mamelodi Sundowns signed Bradley Ralani for his compelling and consistent performances.

The Brazilians snapped up the 34-year-old on an 18-month contract in December.

Such were his displays in the DStv Premiership for Cape Town City that few eyebrows were raised when the deal was announced.

Ralani is expected to continue to shine with Masandawana and make a seamless transition into Mngqithi's team.

The co-coach said on the Ultimate Sports Show: "The truth of the matter is when you sign a 34-year-old, people are already looking at you and say what are you trying to do.

"But when you look at numbers of Surprise Ralani you will be surprised because his numbers surpass by far the numbers of our players in terms of high-intensity runs, number of dribbles, number of successful dribbles, number of shots at goal and number of assists.

"He has been consistent in that space, we just believe is one of those underrated players that probably ready to be worth of maybe getting some serious awards in the league because he has been very consistent, and his numbers will surprise you.

"We needed that type of winger, we needed dribblers, people who can assist in one v one situation, dominate and get assists in total, and Bradley is not a surprise in that space."

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