#6 Itumeleng Khune
Chiefs ‘parted ways’ with the experienced goalkeeper in June 2015 after the two parties failed to agree terms on a new contract. This was Sundowns’ big chance to sign Khune, but Mosimane said they couldn’t meet the player’s excessive wage demands. After a few weeks without a club, Khune returned to Chiefs bosses to negotiate a deal on his own, and they took him back. While Sundowns already had Denis Onyango, Wayne Sandilands and Kennedy Mweene among others, Khune's addition would have been massive.
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#5 Ramahlwe MphahleleThe full-back was hugely admired by Pitso Mosimane, who cut his loan spell with AmaTuks short soon after his appointment as head coach in 2012. Mosimane even made Mphahlele his team’s captain following the departure of Alje Schut. However, the club failed to meet his demands during contract renewal talks in 2016, and the South Africa international was snapped up by Amakhosi, who offered him a better package. One couldn't imagine Sundowns without Mphahlele after he spent many years at the club, but Chiefs played their cards right.
#4 Gustavo PaezSundowns have had nine South American players on the books, including Rafael Dudamel, Jose Torrealba, Vincente Principiano, Ricardo Nascimento, Gaston Sirino, Eduardo Ferreira, Leonardo Castro, Bryan Aldave and Jorge Acuna over the years. And how they missed out on Paez, whom they were linked with not so long ago, is mind-blowing. Chiefs look sharper upfront with Paez, but perhaps he would have been ideal for the Brazilians given how fond and obsessed Mosimane is with South American players.
#3 George MalulekaIn May 2013, Mido and his agent, Glyn Binkin confirmed Sundowns’ interest. At the time, the player was still contracted to SuperSport United. Maluleka became available six months later, and Chiefs pounced and signed him on a three-year deal. Pitso Mosimane obviously had plans for him at Sundowns, but he dragged his feet. He looked just right for the Tshwane giants at the time, but Maluleka ended up at Naturena.
#2 Siphiwe Tshabalala
The left-footed winger was relatively unknown when Chiefs first signed him from Free State Stars 11 years ago, but after working with Mosimane at Bafana Bafana, Shabba was in 2015 a target for the Brazilians. Again, Mosimane failed to land Shabba’s signature as the Soweto-born player extended his contract with Amakhosi. At the time, he would have been an ideal signing for Sundowns given his experience and the club’s ambition to conquer Africa. Nevertheless, they still conquered the continent without Shabba in 2016.
#1 Dumisani ZumaBoth Chiefs and Sundowns were in a transfer tussle for the young attacker just over six months ago. However, Zuma chose to join Amakhosi where he appears to have taken his game to another level. If Mosimane managed to turn Percy Tau into a star, he would probably have done the same with Zuma, but he just didn't do enough to win the race to sign the Pietermaritzburg-born player.