Local News 11.8.2016 03:57 pm

Sundowns close in on target man

Leonardo Castro and Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Leonardo Castro and Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Coach Pitso Mosimane says Mamelodi Sundowns are on the brink of signing another target-man as cover for Leonardo Castro.

The Brazilians are looking for a replacement for Cuthbert Malajila, who left to join Bidvest Wits along with Mogakolodi Ngele, as part of a swap deal involving Sibusiso Vilakazi.

“We need another striker. We are very close, we need a No 9 when Leo is injured or out,” said Mosimane who also confirmed he was in the hunt for Bloemfontein’s Celtic’s Thapelo Morena.
Sundowns confirmed yesterday that Hlompho Kekana would captain the side in the 2016/17 season. The Absa Premiership champions needed a new skipper after Ramahlwe Mphahlele left to join Kaizer Chiefs.

“I did not see this coming. I know I am an emotional player and have invested my soul in football. I always want to win and this is the spirit in the rest of the team. I have done much behind the scenes in terms of leadership,” Kekana told the Sundowns official website.

“As individuals, we might have differing opinions about issues, but in the end our common goal dictates what we need to do and we are looking at challenging for trophies. Our goal right now is to win the Caf Champions League.”

Sundowns won another trophy over the weekend, albeit just a friendly tournament, beating Orlando Pirates and Tigers FC to lift the Geingob Cup in Namibia.

Anthony Laffor scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Buccaneers, with new defender Ricardo Nasciemento grabbing the other, and Tendai Ndoro netting for Pirates. Sundowns beat Tigers FC 4-2 the following day with Castro, Kekana, Siyabonga Ngubane and Eric Ntlaba grabbing the goals.

Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lucky Mohomi also made their debuts since joining in the off-season.

Sundowns have a busy schedule ahead with a Champions League game against Enyimba followed by their MTN8 quarterfinal against SuperSport United.

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results

Celtic 1-2 Arrows
United 0-0 FS Stars
Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka

fixtures

Pirates vs Plat Stars
Maritzburg Utd vs P City
Highlands P vs CT City
Chiefs vs FS Stars

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 3 7
3 Bidvest Wits 3 7
4 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
5 Cape Town City 4 7
6 SuperSport United 4 5
7 Polokwane City 4 5
8 Chippa United 2 4
9 Platinum Stars 3 4
10 Baroka FC 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 4 4
12 Highlands Park 3 3
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1