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Mamelodi Sundowns defender Fares Hachi reportedly joins MC Alger

13:52 GMT+3 09/07/2018
Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns vs AS Vita Club
After being deemed surplus to requirements at Chloorkop, the full-back has reportedly made a return to Algeria

Mamelodi Sundowns have reportedly parted ways with full-back Fares Hachi with reports indicating that he has made a return to his native homeland.

The 28-year-old signed for Masandawana at the beginning of 2017, but found life difficult in Tshwane. With Tebogo Langerman having been Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane’s favoured left-back, Hachi was forced to play second fiddle for most of his stay.

This subsequently led to the former French-based defender being shipped out to Chippa United on loan as the 53-year-old mentor looked to make way for his newest imports.

Nonetheless, with Sundowns having now brought on board two more foreigners in Guinea Bissau international Toni Silva and Venezuelan attacker Jose Ali Meza, the future of Hachi at Chloorkop looked bleak.  

With Sundowns foreign quota already filled this led to much speculation regarding Hachi’s next move.

However, the speculation surrounding his future appears to be at an end with reports in Algeria over the weekend, suggesting that Hachi has completed a switch to Algerian outfit MC Alger.

Hachi is certainly no stranger to Algerian football having played two seasons for ES Setif, before catching the eye of Mosimane during his exploits in the Caf Champions League.

On joining Sundowns, Hachi became the first Algerian player to ply his trade in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) amid great expectation, but his stay would be short lived.

While further reports state that Hachi is already part of Alger’s pre-season preparations, Sundowns have been mum thus far on the move.

In wake of the reports, Goal did try to attain confirmation of Hachi’s departure. But attempts would prove unfruitful as the club spokesman Thulani Thuswa was unable to comment at the time of publishing.

It now remains to be seen whether or not the Sundowns technical team will look to further bolster their defensive department or setle on what they already have. In the 2018 January transfer window Sundowns signed Siyabonga Zulu, a move which further limited Hachi’s prospects of first team football.