Downs Reveal Reason Behind Mashego Signing

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 18:Terrence Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 18:Terrence Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed the reason why the club decided to sign left-back Terrence Mashego from Cape Town City.

Mokwena says there were plans to sign the Bafana Bafana defender during the off-season but he was made available in the market late in the transfer window.

"The transfer market is a very strange thing at the moment, particularly since Covid you know," Mokwena said in the post-match conference after the game.

"I think a lot of the clubs from a financial perspective are in a very precarious sort of position and the left-back was not a position we thought we needed to strengthen when going into the new season.

"And we would have loved to have our business sorted out by now but the reality is that when special players and Terrence is a special player because he plays for the national team.

"When special players in a certain way are put onto the market and become available you have to check whether all the boxes are ticked," he said. 

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"He ticks a lot of the boxes and not necessarily because there's a decline in any of the left-backs but because the reality is that a special player became available in the market and he fits the methodology, the style of play.

"He fits the personality, then of course he's got this emotional (connection) to Sundowns, he's from Mamelodi for example."

Mokwena went on to reveal that they could not let the opportunity to sign Mashego pass them by, because that could have "strengthened a rival" since he was on the market.

"And that says to you when that type of talent is available in the market you've got to go for it because then it becomes a talent that goes to strengthen a rival and makes them stronger you know," he carried on.

"So we're at that space, we've welcomed Terrence and we're happy to have him," he added.

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After Sundowns won the race to sign Mashego ahead of Kaizer Chiefs, who were also keen on his services, as previously reported, Soccer Laduma looks at other players who Amakhosi missed out on to their rivals, the Brazilians in recent times.

Teboho Mokoena

Before his switch to Sundowns last season in the January transfer window, Mokoena was also linked with a move to the Glamour Boys. 

However, as reported by the Siya crew, the Tshwane giants initially tabled an offer in region of R16 million, including two players moving to SuperSport and eventually won the race.

Abubaker Nasir

After Nasir scored 29 goals in 22 matches for Ethiopian Premier League side Ethiopian Coffee in the 2020/21 season, Chiefs were among the clubs linked with the 22-year old sensation.

However, Downs got ahead of the chasing pack and paid a transfer fee of around R6 million for his services in January this year, as reported by Soccer Laduma. 

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Sipho Mbule

Mbule was suspended by his former club SuperSport United in April this year, as his exit from the club became apparent.

The Siya crew reported at the time that Chiefs and Sundowns were among the teams linked with his signature and the Brazilians once again managed to secure his signing.

Bongani Zungu

As reported by Soccer Laduma, Chiefs had intentions of signing Zungu after he confirmed that he wanted to leave Amiens.

However, the Brazilians officially confirmed the Bafana Bafana midfielder's signing at half-time during the clash against Amakhosi where Sundowns won 4-0, at a packed Loftus Versfeld Stadium. 

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