Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday unveiled Marcelo Allende as their newest signing, and their fifth in the current transfer window, and immediately included him on the bench against Stellenbosch FC.

Ahead of the new season, Sundowns have begun to bolster their squad with carefully-considered recruits, while the Brazilians recently welcomed the arrival of Abubeker Nassir, who has already made an immediate impact.

Earlier this year it was also confirmed that Moroccan defender Abdelmounaim Boutouil would be joining Masandawana, while it’s more recently been announced by Uruguayan side Montevideo City Torque that Chilean midfield sensation Marcelo Allende is set to move to the DStv Premiership champions.

Allende reportedly cost Sundowns R51 million, and he comes with high expectations as the club wants to NOT only dominate locally but the entire African continent.

As it turned out, he couldn’t have scripted a better start for the club, scoring a top-class goal as Sundowns clinched a 3-0 win.

Allende was officially announced as a new recruit on Wednesday, becoming the club’s latest high-profile signing this window.

“I’m very happy to be here at Mamelodi Sundowns,” Allende commented in his unveiling video.

The arrival of Boutouil and Allende were initially hindered by visa and work permit application issues, but Sundowns were working hard to have both players registered.

According to iDiski Times, Boutouil – who spent last season on loan at Raja Atheltic Club – has cleared up the necessary paperwork and is also now able to link up with Sundowns.

The previous Sundowns signing to be officially unveiled is Bongani Zungu who marks his return to Chloorkop after leaving the club in 2016 to play internationally.

However, he won’t be rushed back into action considering that he last played in April for French club Amiens SC.

“He is still a little bit far [from playing] considering he was not part of the preseason training and he still has a bit of work to do because he has not been playing for the longest of time,” Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi said after Sundowns’ 1-1 DStv Premiership draw with Sekhukhune United in Polokwane, as quoted by TimesLive.

“But we are hoping it will be shorter than two months because he is a very disciplined boy, who works very hard. He is showing interest to really come and assist the team.

“So we are looking forward to the progress that he will make in the next three to four weeks, and optimistic he is going to come in and help us.”

So although it may be a while before Sundowns fans get to see Zungu in action, there is more positive news on the injury status of new Ethiopian signing Abubeker Nasir.

“He sprained his ankle in the game against Kaizer Chiefs, he should be back probably in the next week or two,” Mngqithi commented


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