Rhulani wants a few Kaizer Chiefs players

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Five possible replacements for Peter Shalulile

Mamelodi Sundowns might need a replacement for Peter Shalulile and we’ve drawn up a shortlist, including one absolute WILD card option!

Rhulani wants a few Kaizer Chiefs players

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

Mamelodi Sundowns might have to replace their number one goal-getter come January. Players like Peter Shalulile don’t grow on trees, but the Brazilians have cash, so they have options.

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Sundowns hitman Peter Shalulile is proven top quality

Shalulile’s boots would be big ones to fill. The Namibian has bagged six goals and an assist in just nine DStv Premiership matches this term. He scored a stunning 23 strikes last season, and claimed five assists, making him the most lethal marksman in the country.

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Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Five potential replacements for Peter Shalulile

Khanyisa Mayo

Cape Town City man Khanyisa Mayo has scored four goals in the DStv Premiership this term and also claimed two assists. The 24-year-old Bafana Bafana striker fits the bill and has already been strongly linked with a move. His stock is also rising.

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Zakhele Lepasa

At 25, Lepasa is a full Bafana Bafana international and ready to take the next step in his career. Would Pirates sanction a sale? Probably not. But Sundowns might just test their resolve. There’s no doubt about his talent either, but prizing a fan-favourite away from the Buccaneers won’t be an easy task.

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Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa
Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa – Photo via Backpagepix

Evidence Makgopa

There’s not much evidence that Makgopa (excuse the pun) is ready to crack it at the top level, but then again, he’s still only 22. His potential resale value is high, and it’s not as though he’s going to get games at Pirates with so many stikers at the club. He’s also currently not fit. He could certainly be a squad rotation option or a wild card shout, but getting and keeping him fit will be a major challenge. The the talent is there.

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Bradley Grobler

This man had oodles of experience. 251 top-flight appearances and 77 goals, to be exact. He wouldn’t be a like-for-like replacement for Shalulile by any means, but he could certainly act as a stop-gap until the Brazilians plot their next move in the transfer market. Grobler has six goals from 12 appearances this term. Clinical as ever. Yes, he had a shocking penalty miss not so long ago, but show me a player who has scored all of their spot-kicks?

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Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana

Has received plenty of criticism from Chiefs fans for his displays, but the Burundian still leads the goal-scoring charts with six in the DStv Premiership this term. Perhaps he could blossom in new surroundings. You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.

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The jury is still out on Bimenyimana at Chiefs. Image: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns will certainly need to get creative if Shalulile leaves them in January. Even if they don’t believe he will, you can never say never in football and solutions must be found.

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