local soccer 3.8.2013 06:00 am

Mashaba makes move to Sundowns

Mzikayise Mashaba of South Africa during the 2013 Cosafa Cup quarterfinal football match between South Africa and Namibia at the Nkoloma  Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on 13 July 2013. ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Mzikayise Mashaba of South Africa during the 2013 Cosafa Cup quarterfinal football match between South Africa and Namibia at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on 13 July 2013. ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Mzikayise Mashaba might have just have made a career defining move yesterday by joining Mamelodi Sundowns on a three-year deal.

The former Bidvest Wits winger is said to be an essential part to Pitso Mosimane’s “grand plan” in attempting to return Downs to their former glory days.

Last year Sundowns finished 10th on the log and looked nothing like a team that have won the Premiership trophy five times.

But Mosimane has vowed that the slump of last season was a thing of the past and that he was “building a new team” to challenge for the title.

“One of Mosimane’s concerns when he first joined the Brazilians was the lack of options on the left side,” read the club’s statement, “where only Punch Masenamela and Tebogo Langerman were available. The addition of Mashaba to the squad provides depth and much comfort to the Downs technical team.

“The 24-year-old player who has been on coach Mosimane’s radar for a long time, recently represented Bafana Bafana at the Cosafa tournament in Zambia, where he proved just why he is one of the most sought after players in the Premier Soccer League”

The Johannesburg-born Mashaba played for both Platinum Stars and Free State Stars before making his move to Wits.

Mosimane has made more than 10 signings during the transfer window and hopes that the new players will come to the party in the coming campaign.

The list of players at Downs includes Zambia’s goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene from Free State Stars, Zimbabwean striker Cuthbert Malajila from Maritzburg United, Bongani Zungu from the University of Pretoria, and Tiyani Mabunda, Rodney Ramagalela and Raymond Monama all from Black Leopards.

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