So far this season, Mamelodi Sundowns have brought in six new players to complement the roster that was built over the previous campaign.
On July 9, the same day that Sundowns announced the acquisitions of four players (Divine Lunga, Pavol Safranko, Grant Kekana, and Neo Maema), their rivals Kaizer Chiefs announced the signings of six players (Pavol Safranko, Grant Kekana, Neo Maema, and Pavol Safranko).
Seven days later, striker Thabiso Kutumela became the newest member of the Chloorkop squad, becoming the club's first ever signing.
Sifiso Ngobeni, a left-back who formerly played for Bloemfontein Celtic, signed a five-year deal with the Premier Soccer League winners on July 22 after leaving the club. In the past, the left-back represented the Pretoria side in the Premier Soccer League.
Masandawawana's new players are being evaluated in order to determine whether or not they can contribute to the team's effort to end its Caf Champions League championship drought and win a fifth consecutive Premier Soccer League title in the near future.
A new five-year contract has been inked with the company.
Sifiso Ngobeni will be a member of the Mamelodi Sundowns squad for the upcoming season in 2021.
In accordance with the club's announcement, Masandawana has inked five-year contracts with all six of their new players.
Sifiso Ngobeni, a utility player who previously played for Bloemfontein Celtic, has joined the club to put an end to any ambiguity surrounding his future with the club.
Having made an impressive showing at the Cosafa Cup competition in 2021, the 24-year-old will be joining his former Celtic teammate Neo Maema at Chloorkop in South Africa in the coming season.
Brazil presently has sufficient coverage in the left-back and left-side midfield positions as a result of his versatility.
Sundown's co-coach Rhulani Mokwena claimed earlier this week that the club had been keeping an eye on left-back Lunga for many years before to bringing him to Pretoria from KwaZulu-side Natal's Golden Arrows.
The Zimbabwean was just as good as a Masandawana player, according to Mokwena, who made the statement during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. In 2019, Mokwena claimed that the Zimbabwean was on par with a Masandawana player in terms of ability.
As a result, when the hosts won the first game of the tournament 1-0, Lunga was awarded a great deal of credit for keeping Liverpool star Mohamed Salah out of the game.
"I put Salah in his pocket," says Sundowns coach, who claims that the performance was what convinced the Tshwane giants to pursue Salah's signature.
After three seasons with the Arrows, he joined the Brazilians, where he was reunited with senior coach Steve Komphela. He was 26 at the time of his departure.
While his presence on a five-year contract may result in the departure of Tebogo Langerman, it is likely that his presence will keep another left-back, Lyle Lakay, on his toes as well.
Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Samir Nurkovic is said to have been the one who pushed Safranko to sign with the Masandawana team, according to recent reports.
In a phone conversation, the two are said to have exchanged messages, with the Amakhosi striker telling his former Slovakian Super Liga opponent that the PSL was an ideal choice for his future.
The Serbian and Safranko, who is 26 years old, have both previously played for Dunajska Streda in Slovakia, albeit at different stages in their respective professional careers.
Safranko joined Sundowns after playing for teams in Denmark, Scotland, and Romania prior to joining the club. He has more than 10 international caps for Slovakia since 2017.
The former Sepsi OSK midfielder will have to prove himself worthy of his five-year contract by forming a potent attacking partnership with Peter Shalulile, who will be joining him from the same club.
When George Maluleka switched from Kaizer Chiefs to Sundowns earlier this year, the news of his signing was widely reported in the media.
Despite high hopes for the former Kansas City Chiefs player, he ultimately fell short of them and even failed to receive any playing time throughout the season.
It's true that Kekana's move from SuperSport United to Masandawana didn't generate quite the same amount of enthusiasm as Maluleka's, but he comes to Chloorkop as an established player with a wealth of Premier Soccer League experience.
He will fight for playing time with players such as Thapelo Morena, Ricardo Nascimento, Mosa Lebusa, Rushine De Rock, and sometimes Rivaldo Coetzee because of his versatility and comfort at either center or right back.
It is uncertain what would happen to Bangaly Soumahoro and Brian Onyango's professional careers as a result of the purchase of Kekana, who has spent his whole professional career with Tshwane City Football Club.
The former SuperSport midfielder spent nine seasons with the club, with the exception of two years spent as an assistant coach at Pretoria University, before agreeing to a five-year contract with Sundowns on Monday.
He has been playing professional football in the Premier League (PSL) for the last four seasons, despite the fact that he is rarely mentioned in the media.
For the first time in his professional career, this player will be leaving Bloemfontein Celtic and joining a different team.
The 25-year-old offensive midfielder was the least expected player to join the Tshwane giants, but he has now signed a five-year contract with the club, joining the ranks of other new Sundowns recruits, including midfielder Andile Jali.
The Masandawana coaches will be on a mission to demonstrate their selection of a player who is rarely mentioned when South African football is addressed in order to demonstrate their logic.
The Sundowns move may help him gain greater recognition in the PSL, but doing so in a Masandawana midfield that boasts an array of international talents as well as local talent appears to be a challenging task.
Despite having undergone two and a half difficult seasons with the Soweto giants before to joining the Pirates, this guy is usually regarded as a former reject of the Orlando Pirates.
Immediately following his transfer to Maritzburg United, it appeared as though Kutumela's professional career was on the wane.
With the Team of Choice for the past two and a half seasons, the striker has put together his best prolific season to date, netting 12 league goals, which was a season-high for him in the Philippine Super League.
A five-year contract with Sundowns was signed as a result of this, and the Limpopo-born footballer, who is now 28 years old, has now returned to his native province.
Taking advantage of his second chance with a conventional giant, Willems will attempt to prove Pirates incorrect by demonstrating that it was a mistake to allow him to depart in the first place?
Due to the fact that only five new employees have been hired thus far, it is impossible to determine which departments or roles at Sundowns are in severe need of staffing.
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