Mamelodi Sundowns new signing Marcelo Allende arrival


Allende is due to finally arrive at Chloorkop this week after having taken off from Santiago via Sao Paulo to Johannesburg following the finalization of his paperwork.

He has come in from Uruguayan club Montevideo City Torque in what Chilean media has claimed was a transfer worth R51 million with his earnings at Sundowns also shooting up from what he was on.

South Americans – especially back home in Chile – have voiced their disapproval of the move to South Africa insisting that he should have waited for an offer from Europe.

"In football, it all depends on what stage of your career you have reached and what your priorities and objectives are," Brazilian defender Vinicius da Silva tells KickOff from Brazil.

Da Silva played for Moroka Swallows and scored the goal which won the club the 2009 Nedbank Cup. 

"This guy was playing in Uruguay so I’m sure in moving to Sundowns he will be earning better money because the first division in Uruguay is not really of the highest standard and doesn’t compare to Brazil. 

"Here in South America, they think if you play in South America, it is easier to break into Europe which is the ultimate stage, but they forget you can still go to Europe from South Africa.

"I think this guy has already tried going to Europe straight from South America and it didn’t work out, so he is now going to try doing it while also making money in South Africa.

"Football waits for nobody and at times you need to think about your pocket because I am sure the other South Americans at Sundowns have spoken to him.

"Maybe this guy is from a poor family because there are plenty of poor people here in South America and so needs to immediately uplift his family instead of waiting for what is not guaranteed.

"Sundowns can afford to pay whatever they want so why not let the guy go to Sundowns? He is going to be happy and enjoy heaven on earth.

"The plus about South Africa is that the standard of living is not expensive. I lived there," says Da Silva adding that South Americans are misinformed about Africa.

"The trouble with people here in South America is that when they hear South Africa all they think about is Africa.

"The Africa that we are shown is that of hungry children, wars, wild animals, the bush, and poverty…there is never anything good about Africa that we are shown here.

"Here in South America, they think you only go to South Africa for safari which is a stupid mentality in this day and age when you are exposed to so much on the internet.

"You can even watch PSL games online nowadays.

"Let the guy go and enjoy playing football, earning good money while winning trophies. If Europe doesn’t happen then he is sorted back home in Chile," says Da Silva.