FEATURE: Who should stay or leave Mamelodi Sundowns?

Goal looks at who should stay and who should leave as the January transfer window opens on January 1

With the January transfer window set to open soon, once again speculation is rife surrounding many of the top clubs.

But while interest is in who they will bring in, at Mamelodi Sundowns there is a lot of attention on who will depart.

With a squad rich in depth, competition remains stiff, and this has perhaps led to several players staring at the exit door as they go in search of regular first-team football.

Nonetheless, Goal looks at the players who should go and who should stay at Chloorkop during the upcoming window.

Players who should stay

George Lebese

George Lebese, Mamelodi Sundowns

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has already resigned himself to losing the former Kaizer Chiefs winger.

After failing to make a single appearance for Sundowns this season, it seems that Lebese’s heart is no longer at the club and his future lies elsewhere.

Although the 29-year-old is an immensely talented footballer, staying at Sundowns will certainly not be the right move, and he might just need a move to a smaller side where he will be able to regain his confidence and form in a less pressurised environment.

Mogakolodi Ngele

Mogakolodi Ngele

Another immensely talented player, who has just not had the rub of the green at Sundowns. Since joining the Tshwane giants ahead of the 2015/2016 season, the Botswana international has only made a handful of appearances.

However, he has enjoyed several loans with his time at Bidvest Wits being his most successful.

If Ngele is to regain his form and realise his potential, a move away from Sundowns is essential.

Cuthbert Malajila

Cuthbert Malajila, Mamelodi Sundowns, PSL, 21.09.2013.

The Zimbabwean too has found game time tough to come by since returning from loan at the end of the 2016/2017 season.

Injuries have also played a role in his decline, and should he hope to rediscover his best form there can be no better time than the January transfer window for the 33-year-old to go in search of greener pastures.

Bangaly Soumahoro

Mamelodi Sundowns, Soumahoro Bangaly

From being a stalwart in Sundowns squad, the Ivorian has completely fallen out of favour and was not registered for the current campaign.

This situation seems unlikely to change especially with Sundowns reportedly eyeing a Brazilian attacker that would need to utilise a foreign spot. 

Thokozani Sekotlong

Thokozani Sekotlong of Mamelodi Sundowns

It was a bizarre move by Mosimane when he opted to bring Sekotlong on board after a stint with Free State Stars.

But he hasn’t really been able to challenge Sundowns’ other attacking options for a starting berth. While Sekotlong adds numbers to Sundowns’ attack, the Brazilians may look to offload him.

Thela Ngobeni

Thela Ngobeni Mamelodi Sundowns

Arguably one of the unluckiest goalkeepers in the PSL. The 29-year-old is a top-quality keeper, but finding himself in the company of Kennedy Mweene, Denis Onyango and now Reyaad Pieterse hasn’t helped his cause.

While a loan would be ideal for Sundowns, his fortunes on his return from several stints away has never changed and he might push for a move to a club where he can see regular game time.

Players who should stay

Oupa Manyisa

Mamelodi Sundowns, Oupa Manyisa

A surprise move that weakened Orlando Pirates severely at the time and delivered a hefty psychological blow. But Manyisa has not had the same influence at Sundowns which has seen reports linking him with a move away.

Sundowns though should keep the midfielder, as he offers support to Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda, and should he rediscover his partnership with Andile Jali, Sundowns may have something to look forward to.

Toni Silva

Toni Silva, Mamelodi Sundowns & Philani Zulu, Kaizer Chiefs, July 2018

Reports suggest that Silva may have become unsettled having played just 310 minutes of PSL football so far. But it will take time for Silva to acclimatise.

For now, Silva has shown signs of his potential and with a Caf Champions League group stage to contend with, and with Sundowns missing their star attacker in Sibusiso Vilakazi, holding onto Silva could be a good move.

Aubrey Ngoma

Aubrey Ngoma of Mamelodi Sundowns

With a move for Maritzburg United midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu being bandied about, Ngoma’s name has come up as one of those who could make way.

Mosimane needed to work to get the transfer of Ngoma over the line and it will be a shame to see such a talented player depart without leaving his mark at the club. Injuries have certainly not been kind to the winger, but when he has got his chance this season, there has been sparks of light.

The 29-year-old has played just nine games since joining in January of 2018, and perhaps Ngoma deserves just a little more time to prove his worth.  

Lucky Mohomi

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Sundowns, Lucky Mohomi

Lastly, the future of Mohomi is likely to bring about much debate. Aside from the 2016/2017 season where he was a prominent figure, Mohomi has fallen down the pecking order considerably ever since.

While he has been linked with a move away, it perhaps would make sense to keep the midfielder especially with continental football set to continue in 2019, along with a potential title challenge and Nedbank Cup campaign.