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Mamelodi Sundowns new signing Mame Niang will have defenders in their wake this season, says former teammate Kermit Erasmus, who played two seasons with him at Supersport United

The two formed a strong partnership on and off the field at Matsatsantsa and now with Orlando Pirates, whom he joined at the beginning of last season, Erasmus believes that Niang's move to the PSL champions is one that will enhance his career even further because he is going to offer them a lot especially in the Caf Champions League.

"I am happy for him. It's a good move for him because there's one Cup he wants to win and that's the (Caf) Champions League. If you look at his age, it's a good move.

"He's still got a good couple of years to play and I think he can contribute a lot to the Sundowns team, especially going into Africa. He's got the mentality and the drive. He's a strong African boy and I am looking forward to seeing him in Africa," Erasmus told reporters at the Rand Stadium.

The Port Elizabeth-born striker said that they spoke about the move to Downs prior to it becoming official, and revealed that he encouraged the 30-year-old Senegalese-born to go there not to warm the bench but stake a claim in the starting eleven.

"It's something we spoke about. He asked me what I thought about him going there, I told him not to go there and just make up the numbers, but to show his worth in the team. I told him to go there and fight," Erasmus said.

Niang will be up against Cuthbert Malajila, Katlego Mashego, Rodney Ramagalela, Bonginkosi Ntuli, Khama Billiat and Lebohang "Cheese" Mokoena among others for a place in the starting line-up.