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Sundowns Boss Calms Saavedra Fears

Fears that Mamelodi Sundowns marquee player Erwin Saavedra could suffer the same fate as Mauricio Affonso have been allayed by Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Manqoba Mngqithi.

Saavedra moved from Bolivar, where he served as the club president and was regarded as one of the finest players in the nation, to Sundowns during the transfer window that occurs in the middle of the season for a fee that is rumored to be somewhere around R12 million.

He put down to paper on a two-year manage a two-year opportunity to stretch out but has been restricted to only 85 minutes as a result of experiencing a physical issue in his CAF Champions League debut against Al Hilal not long after his appearance.

It's done in questions Affonso, who also showed up with exclusive standards back in August 2021, and despite showing promise in the beginning stages of his career in South Africa, he withdrew with only six goals in 22 games before Peter Shalulile was roped in as their new fundamental striker. Despite showing promise in the beginning stages of his career in South Africa, he withdrew with only six goals in 22 games.

Mngqithi admits that they may have rushed Saavedra's comeback when his physical condition was worse than they had initially feared, and they will no longer hope to risk with him further; nonetheless, he denies that there are concerns regarding his long-term future with Masandawana.

"Saavedra is certainly going to play many counterparts for us, it's sad that the physical issue he got when we played Al Hilal, we as a whole underestimated it, we figured he would recuperate quickly however tragically it has required a touch of investment," he said at Chloorkop on Thursday evening. "Saavedra is certainly going to play many counterparts for us," he said.

"He is back in full preparation at the moment, but we are simply worried because he has lost a significant amount of time in terms of preparing, and we would rather not have them return... It would be wonderful if he got a chance to play in either of the last two matches, but if he doesn't, it's not because he's hurt in any way. If he doesn't get a chance, it's not because he's hurt.

"He's well right now, started practicing with the team [again], but we're not overly sure at this stage if it's really prudent to try to rope him in and risk the possibility of him returning once we get the opportunity to adequately set him up. Since he did not come to us with any injuries, we are optimistic that he will play a significant number of games for us, and we are confident that we have an outstanding player overall.


Saavedra, who can play in the middle of the field or anywhere on the right flank, scored 23 goals and registered 20 assists for his previous club Bolivar across all competitions during his 93 games with them.

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