Sat. Feb 27th, 2021

Mamelodi Sundowns leave a gaggle of players in contract limbo

Mamelodi Sundowns have some decisions to make with nine players set to see their contracts expire at the end of the current season.

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Andile Jali, Rivaldo Coetzee and Themba Zwane are among as many as nine Mamelodi Sundowns players whose contracts expire at the end of the current term.

A handful of those players are expected to sign new deals while others will be moved along but it is unclear at this stage how those talks are proceeding.

Jali and Coetzee are nearing the twilight of their careers but Sundowns do still have an option to extend their current deals until 2022.

Sundowns have assembled an impressive squad but there are pitfalls to such a situation as players want to be on the field more often than not and few are happy to be bit-part players.

It is understood that the player’s agents have a responsibility to notify the club when the option date has been reached in order to trigger a decision on the extra year of their deals.

Zwane, Jali, Coetzee, Lyle Lakay, Reyaad Pieterse, Tiyani Mabunda, Bangaly Soumahoro, Tebogo Langerman and Lebohang Maboe are all in the final six months of their contracts at Sundowns.

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Maboe has established himself as a regular wide player for Sundowns in recent seasons since making the move up to Tshwane from Maritzburg United. Maboe has made 14 league appearances to date this season.

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Tebogo Langerman of Mamelodi Sundowns during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Jwaneng Galaxy on the 05 January 2020 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium , Pretoria/ Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

At 34-years-old Langerman is one who could find himself released at the end of the term which would bring to a close an association that stretches back to 2012, when the fullback joined from SuperSport United.

Ivorian centre back Soumahoro is in perhaps the most fraught position given he is a registered foreign player and has yet to break into the first team. The signing of Maritzburg United’s Rushine de Reuck does not bode well for Soumahoro who has played just 89 minutes of football this season.

Mabunda has made over 200 competitive appearances for Sundowns but has long been pushed to the fringes while also failing to secure an exit. His long spell without football might come to an end if the midfielder can find a new club.

Goalkeeper Pieterse has found himself slipping down the Sundowns pecking order and it seems his best shot at a Bafana Bafana recall will be to find regular game-time elsewhere. The arrival of Ricardo Goss and the presence of Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene should make Pieterse aware that his days of being a Brazilian are numbered.

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Lyle Lakay of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Semifinals match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on the 08 August 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Lakay is a first-team regular and should be retained provided he doesn’t push for exorbitant wages.

Sundowns would do well to retain Jali, Zwane and Coetzee given their ongoing value to the cause.

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