Amid talk of Mamelodi Sundowns recalling Ghanaian defender, Rashid Sumaila, from his loan with Asante Kotoko, the Siya crew can confirm that he can’t be registered in the PSL.
Kotoko’s general manager, Samuel Opoku Nti, told allsports.com.gh that they had received a letter from Masandawana informing the Ghanaian club of their decision to recall the 22-year-old with immediate effect, with the defender now believed to be on his way back to South Africa.
However, Sundowns’ decision is made all the more confusing given the fact that they will not be able to register the centre back for league action this season because they have already filled their five-man foreign quota.
Article 2 of Rule 30 in the NSL rulebook states, “No club in the Premier Division will have more than five (5) registered foreign players during the course of any particular season, even if previously registered foreign players are de-registered during the course of the season.”
Mame Niang, Khama Billiat, Cuthbert Malajila, Kuda Mahachi and Ejike Uzoenyi have all been registered by Downs so far this season, meaning that they don’t have a single foreign spot left for Sumaila.
The only explanation is that Sundowns want to use Sumaila during their CAF Champions League campaign, though that would mean that he could only play a maximum of six games this season, or eight if they drop in the CAF Confederation Cup.