Ejike has had little joy since arriving at Sundowns two years ago with a mere two starts from his first season, while he wasn’t registered last term due to foreign quota limitations and his injury worries.
Efforts for him to join SuperSport United in 2015/16 also failed for various reasons, including financial considerations.
Sundowns CEO Sizwe Nzimande says they will engage with Ejike as they understand that it is important for the 24-year-old to play football.
“Ejike is a brilliant player who was CHAN player of the tournament, an excellent player but unfortunately for him he has battled with injuries not on his side. He was injured and after injury he struggled to come back onto the team and it is always difficult when you get injured in a championship-winning side because when you come back, how do you break in? Someone has to come off for you to break in and when the team is flowing like magic it is difficult to break in particularly in his position where he is competing with Player of the Season nominees.
“It is a difficult position but we acknowledge that and the players that are not involved in the Champions League are now back and have started with their training. We will engage with him because it is always important that he plays football especially at his age and with his talent. He is a talented Mamelodi Sundowns player and I would say funny enough in another team he would probably be one of the top wingers in the country without a doubt,” explains Nzimande.
The same foreign quota challenges that have prevailed at Sundowns over the years will continue this season with the club still having more players on their books under the ‘foreign’ category than the five that can be registered.