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Downs’ Decision On Mabunda Confirmed

Mamelodi Sundowns have made a decision on Tiyani Mabunda, the player’s agent has confirmed to the Siya crew.

‘Sugar’ will be leaving Chloorkop after the club opted not to trigger the option on his contract to keep him on beyond the 2020/21 season.

“Yes, I can confirm that Tiyani, after seven years as a Sundowns player, will be leaving the club. He had an option on his contract, but it has not been extended,” the midfielder’s representative, Basia Michaels of QT Sports, explained.  

“Tiyani is an incredible talent and we have no doubt he will still be able to play at the highest level. We want to thank Sundowns for all the great memories that include five league titles, the CAF Champions League and the Super Cup. Very few players can boast that kind of medal haul during their career, and Tiyani has clearly had an illustrious one. But it’s not over yet, it’s far from over. Tiyani and I have had various conversations and all of them lead to his ability in being able to do God's work through the sport. We will confirm details of his next chapter when it is appropriate.”

Mabunda joined Sundowns in 2013 from Black Leopards, but was loaned to Free State Stars for one season before his return to Chloorkop to cement his place under then coach Pitso Mosimane and helping the club win two continental titles.

But he was surprisingly clearly out of the picture for co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena this season.

Downs won another league title just last month, but Mabunda did not kick a ball all season and you have to wonder whether he considers it a sixth trophy with the club.

The Siya crew has previously reported that the 33-year-old is on Swallows and AmaZulu’s radar, clubs he could have joined on loan last season, but the move never materialised.

Cape Town City are believed to have also made an enquiry.   

Story by @superjourno

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