New foreign strikers already making an impact

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Thanda Royal Zulu, one of the busiest teams in the Absa Premiership during the transfer window period, could be unveiling their new Brazilian striker Jose Victor da Costa this weekend.

Golden Arrows and First Division Inland Stream Winners’ Park are already smiling following the weekend showing of their new foreign strikers.

Abafana Bes’thende’s Mozambican Mauricio Perquinino showed that he has what it takes after netting twice in the mini-tournament at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban at the weekend.

Perquinino netted in Arrows’ 2-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday and repeated his effort in their 2-1 win over Orlando Pirates’ in the final yesterday.

Winners Park’s new signing, Peter Mutale, a Zambian international, headed home from a corner yesterday to help his club proceed to the Last-32 stage of the new lucrative Nedbank Challenge Cup.

At Platinum Stars, former Brazilian co-mentor Miguel Gamondi has also expressed his happiness about the presence of Colombian striker, Luis Robinson Renteria to KickOff.com’s Ernest Fakude and adds that he is settling well in the team.

“He was the top scorer for his team in Venezuela and that tells you about his capabilities as a striker.”

Da Costa has also made a big impression at Thanda since arriving in Durban two weeks ago for trials.

Amabhubesi manager Thabang Gumede has told KickOff.com that the club’s technical team led by Roger Palmgren has been impressed by the player from Rio de Janeiro and that management have prepared a contract for the South American.

Da Costa is expected to travel with the team to Swaziland this weekend for a series of friendly games against Mbabane Highlanders and Manzini Wanderers.

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Meanwhile, Sundowns’ head coach Gordon Igesund says on the Brazilians’ website that they will not settle for mediocrity in their quest to sharpen their attack.

This came to the fore last week when two international players were sent home after failing to impress the technical team.

The two players - a Nigerian and a Colombian - had been at Chloorkop for a week on trials with the hope of securing contracts. But they found the standard high and were unable to meet the technical team’s requirements.

“I am still looking for a striker of the highest, highest quality,” said Igesund after revealing that he sent back two international players. “They weren’t bad players but they are not what I was looking for. I am looking for something very special.”