Two Mamelodi Sundowns youngsters are among 12 players unveiled by a club, ahead of the new season.
With the University of Pretoria scheduled for a trip to the Giant Stadium for their opening fixture of the 2021/22 GladAfrica Championship season against JDR Stars, the club has unveiled 12 new signings while 10 players from last season’s squad have moved on.
Sundowns youngster Keegan Allan is one of the new signings for Tuks along with Blessing Mabasa (Spartak), Kitso More and Lesedi Motha (Tuks Football Academy), Quintin Stokes-Waller (Stellenbosch FC), Thakasani Mbanjwa (Cape Umoya United), Ayanda Mvambi (Bizana Pondo Chiefs), Lulama Maqoko (Steenberg United), Kamogelo Pheeane (Mangaung United), Trevor Mokwena (Witbank Shepard) and Sibongakonke Mbatha (TS Sporting).
Tuks confirmed that the 12th player, Simnikiwe Mbonde, has joined the club on loan from Sundowns.
“We have had to reinforce in a number of departments, particularly upfront. We really tested them at training and in the friendlies that they have played so far, they have proven themselves. We looked at bringing in players with some experience, but we also wanted players who will compete aerially and will be able to keep up with the pace because that is the model that we are going for this season.
“I believe that there are players within the club who can offer us what we are looking for in the senior set up. A player like Lesedi who has excellent anticipation; he can see things before they happen, and he is very confident on the ball and is not afraid to take players on. As the senior team we have an obligation to give these boys a chance.
“I am grateful that we have been able to bring in a majority of our target players early enough so that we could have good preseason preparations. So far, the players have met what we have demanded of them and they understand what will be demanded of them in the coming season,” head coach Jan Motaung said in a statement issued by the club.
Tuks have further confirmed the departures of Katlego Mohamme, Collins Mbesuma, Athenkosi Dlala, Msikayise Myataza, Tumisang Mashele, Nqubeko Dlamini, Masesenyane Maswanganyi, Clifford Ngobeni, Siyabonga Khumalo and Sipho Senne from last season’s squad.
Meanwhile, after completing his law degree, Claudio De Almeida will focus on completing his articles, as confirmed by the club.
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