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Habib Kyombo accepts the FA Azam Federation cup’s Golden Boot award. Photo: Twitter

Mamelodi Sundowns: Tanzanian teen confirms switch

Mamelodi Sundowns have added teenage striker Habib Kyombo to their squad according to the Tanzanian himself who dropped the news on Instagram.

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Habib Kyombo accepts the FA Azam Federation cup’s Golden Boot award. Photo: Twitter

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to complete the signing of Tanzanian strike prospect Habib Kyombo from Singida United, as confirmed by the player on social media.

The teenager from Dar es Salaam has enjoyed a stint at the Brazilians in trial and appears to have impressed Pitso Mosimane and company.

Downs recently reinforced their striking options with the acquisition of Uruguayan target man Mauricio Affonso. Affonso was the first signing for the PSL’s defending Champions who have seen rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs go on pre-season recruiting sprees. Downs fans have little reason to be concerned though as Masandwana already sport a strong and well-balanced squad.

Affonso adds a different dimension to Sundowns attack with his height and physical presence while Kyombo is seen as a player who could blossom in Tshwane in the years to come but isn’t expected to get too much first-team game time right away.

“First of all I would like to thank God for everything,” Kyombo posted on Instagram.

“I would like the Amazing fans of Singida United, players, Technical Bench and Staffs for being with the whole Season you were truly the best for me.. Thank you so much.

“But also I would like to thank my management @shadakasports for handling the deal from where I was to where I am now

“I’ve officially started a new chapter of my football journey with my new club Mamelodi Sundowns and I pray to God to lead me to the right path until I reach my goals InshaAllah.”

Mamelodi Sundowns lighting a fire underneath Mahlambi

The arrival of Kyombo could be part of a bid to get the most out of young Bafana Bafana striker Phakamani Mahlambi. Mahlambi has been the target of pointed criticism from coach Mosimane, who feels the youngster still has plenty to prove despite being a regular in the national team.

Despite being just 18-years-old Kyombo has already turned out for three different clubs at senior level. He was born in Dar es Salaam and played youth football with BQ Academy, Kinondoni FC and Simba B before making his professional debut with Lipuli FC in the Tanzanian First Division. After moving to Mbao FC in the 2017/2018 season, he enjoyed a breakthrough season under the guidance of Coach Ettiene Ndayiragije, winning FA Azam Federation cup’s Golden Boot by scoring 6 goals in 3 games. He has also turned out for Tanzania’s Under-20 side in three junior internationals.