Sundowns has expanded recruitment to over 30 countries


Mamelodi Sundowns’ signing of Bolivian midfielder Erwin Saavedra and Ethiopian striker Abubeker Nasir Ahmed further demonstrated just how much the champions have recruited over the years of the PSL era.

Saavedra comes from central South America after Sundowns paid R10m to lure him from Bolivar FC.

He arrives as a full international who also played for his football club in Brazil and is the first Bolivian to play for the Brazilians.

Rising star Nasir has been dropped from Ethiopian Coffee SC and becomes the first Ethiopian to play for the club.

At the start of this season, Downs brought in Pavol Safranko from Slovakia.

Safranko had won caps for his country before moving to Chloorkop where he scored five goals in 17 appearances.

The Brazilians have had players from four continents and more than 30 countries during the PSL years.

Zimbabwe has been dominant and is the only double digit country of Henry McKop, Nelson Bandura, Peter Ndlovu, Esrom Nyandoro, Khama Billiat, Nyasha Mushekwi, Alois Bunjira, Method Mwanjali to flops like Simba Nhivi Sithole.

Downs has had players from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Netherlands.

Algeria – Fares Hachi

Argentina – Emiliano Tade, Vicente Principiano

Belgium – Glenn Verbauwhede

Botswana – Mogakolodi Ngele

Brazil – Eduardo Ferreira, Ricardo Nascimento

Burundi – Son Abdul Razak

Cameroon – Roger Feutmba, Alain Amougou, Christian Moudouthe-Bille

Chile –Jorge Acuna

Colombia – Leonardo Castro

Congo (Kinshasa) –Patrick Apataki Kifu

Ivory Coast – Siaka ‘Chico’ Tiene, Yannick Zakri, Bangaly Soumahoro, Frank Guela, Adama Outtarra

Eswatini – Sibusiso Dlamini

Ghana – Mumuni Abubakar, Brimah Razak, Rashid Sumaila, Emmanuel Baffour

Guinea-Bissau –Tony Silva

Kenya –Brian Mandela Onyango

Liberia –Anthony Laffor

Malawi – Ernest Mtawali, Chancey Gondwe

mozambique – Elias ‘Dominguez’ Pelembe, Dario Monteiro, Victor ‘Vitinho’ dos Santos, Antonio ‘Paulito’ Trigo

Namibia – Peter Shalulile, Sydney Plaatjies, Ronnie Kanelelo

Netherlands –Alje Schut

New Zealand – Jeremy Brockie

Nigeria – Raphael Chukwu, Solomon Okpako, Muisi Ajao, Teslim Fatusi, Soga Sambo

Senegal – Mame Niang

Go – Dove Woman

Uganda –Denis Onyango

Uruguay – Gaston Sirino, Bryan Aldave

Venezuela – Jose Torrealba, Jose Ali Meza, Rafael Dudamel

Zambia – Kennedy Mweene, Rotson Kilambe, Felix Katongo, Collins Mbesuma, Sashi Chalwe, Mukuka Mulenga, Gift Kampamba

Zimbabwe – Nelson Bandura, Khama Billiat, Alois Bunjira, Devine Lunga, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Cuthbert Malajila, Henry McKop, Nyasha Mushekwi, Lionel Mutizwa, Method Mwanjali, Peter Ndlovu, Esrom Nyandoro, Simba Nhivi Sithole

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