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Downs Deal Close As Striker Jets In

Mamelodi Sundowns appear to be close to agreeing personal terms with a South American striker who has since arrived in the country this week.

The Siya crew has learnt that the reigning Absa Premiership champions could very well announce the signing of Mauricio Affonso in the coming days after the 27-year-old Uruguayan joined their pre-season camp in Nelspruit. 

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He will be their second signing ahead of the upcoming campaign following confirmation on Monday by Free State Stars boss Rantsi Mokoena that right back Nyiko Mobbie had officially become a Sundowns player.    

Affonso is understood to have spent time at Chloorkop last month for coach Pitso Mosimane to have a look at him as he searches for a striker to fill the void left by Percy Tau and Khama Billiat about a year ago.

Mosimane has been very vocal about his desire to have an outright No. 9 after he raised concerns about playing Lebo Maboe upfront despite the Bafana Bafana star being an attacking midfielder.

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Affonso, who has a total 34 goals in 117 career matches, will be hoping to make the kind of impact as fellow South American striker Leonardo Castro had at Sundowns prior to his move to Kaizer Chiefs.

His arrival could also mean Jeremy Brockie and Jose Ali Meza could be leaving Chloorkop before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.    

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