Mamelodi Sundowns have reinforced their squad as they look to add a fifth consecutive league title to their names this season.
Well … not only a league title. But also another crack at continental glory especially after Kaizer Chiefs went so close last term.
The Brazilians have strength in depth all over the park. It has been one of the key reasons why, regardless of what happens over the first half of the season, they always find fifth gear in the second and storm home.
Just take right back for example where Grant Kekana has been added to the roster which already includes Thapelo Morena and his understudy Khuliso Mudau. The latter joined from Black Leopards has his already signalled his intentions to fight for his place int he team.
Joining Kekana as new recruits are Pavol Safranko, Divine Lunga, Neo Maema, Thabiso Kutumela and Sifiso Ngobeni. And that’s only to this point.
Not much is known about Safranko at this stage follwoing his arrival from Sepsi OSK. It won’t take long to see whether he can match the value added by his friend Samir Nurkovic.
So while many would worry about continuity, the defending champions have “been there and done that” when it comes to bulk transfer windows.
One of the club’s head coaches, Rulani Mokwena, has also issued a warning on the new arrivals.
“The good thing is that the recruitment was done in a very thorough manner. We did a lot of analysis, not just with video footage but also with the assistance of data in trying to measure what we have from a numbers perspective, what we do not have and what we need in relation to our concepts, our playing style and the ideas that we have of how we want to see the team play,” he said.
Mokwena also believes Maema can fill the boots vacated by Keagan Dolly, a key member of the side’s infamous CBD.
Another valuable bit of transfer information is that it appears that Pitso Mosimane will not be able to raid his former club of the services of Gaston Sirino.
The more things at Sundowns change over the years – a host of player arrivals and exits and a new coaching setup – the more they stay the same.
It’s unlikely we won’t be writing the same thing this time next year.