Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club , the six-time consecutive league champions, have always been known for their high standards and ambitious pursuits in the transfer market.
However, this season has seen a relatively quiet transfer window for the club.
While there have been more exits than arrivals at Chloorkop, the defending champions find themselves in a predicament due to an unexpected injury to their main marksman, Peter Shalulile, and the departure of Thabiso Kutumela to Cape Town City.
With aspirations of competing in six competitions this season, Sundowns are in dire need of a striker to bolster their squad.
Mamelodi Sundowns Need For A Striker
Head coach, Rhulani Mokwena has been vocal about Sundowns’ desire to secure a striker before the transfer window closes.
In their recent match against Golden Arrows, the club had 10 players, including regulars, ruled out due to injury.
While Mokwena expressed optimism about the return of Thapelo Morena and Abubeker Nasir, he acknowledged the need to consider entering the market for reinforcements.
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The absence of Cassius Mailula, who departed for the United States of America, as well as the injuries to Shalulile and Nasir, leaves Sundowns with only Gift Motupa as a recognized sharpshooter.
Even Morena, who occasionally plays in a forward position, has suffered an injury, further exacerbating the team’s concerns.
Renewed Interest in Khanyisa Mayo
With the striking department in dire need of reinforcements, Sundowns have turned their attention to a familiar face – Khanyisa Mayo.
Mayo, who was the joint-top goal scorer last season, finds himself playing for Cape Town City.
The chairman of Cape Town City, John Comitis, has named his price for the player, but the question remains whether Sundowns, known for their deep pockets, will meet the asking price.
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The Siya Crew took a closer look at what it will take for Mayo to join the star-studded squad in the capital.
Sundowns’ Pursuit of Percy Tau
In addition to the potential of going after Mayo again, sources have indicated that Sundowns had set their sights on another familiar face – Percy Tau.
The South African international, who had a successful stint with Sundowns before moving to Europe, was recently spotted at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
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While the details of the potential deal remain unclear, the possibility of Tau rejoining his former club adds another layer of intrigue to Sundowns’ transfer activities.
The Challenge of Balancing the Squad
As Sundowns navigate the complexities of the transfer window, they face the challenge of maintaining a balanced squad capable of competing in multiple competitions.
With six competitions on the horizon, including the league, cup competitions, and continental tournaments, the need for depth and quality becomes paramount.
The club’s sporting director and the coaching staff must carefully assess the available options and identify the right players to strengthen the squad without disrupting the team’s dynamics.
The Deep Pockets of Sundowns
One advantage that Sundowns possess in the transfer market is their reputation for having deep pockets.
The club’s financial resources and willingness to invest in top-quality players have propelled them to the forefront of South African football.
While other clubs may struggle to meet the demands of high-profile signings, Sundowns have the financial muscle to attract and secure the services of coveted players.
However, the delicate balance lies in finding the right balance between financial prudence and assembling a squad capable of achieving success on multiple fronts.
The Transfer Window Deadline Looms
With the transfer window set to close on 22 September, the clock is ticking for Sundowns to finalize their transfer activities.
The club must act swiftly and decisively to secure the necessary reinforcements, particularly in the striking department.
The competition for top-quality players is fierce, and Sundowns must navigate the complexities of negotiations and player evaluations to ensure that they acquire the right talent to bolster their squad.