Mamelodi Sundowns set to part ways with Rulani Mokwena?. Image: Pulse Sport

Mamelodi Sundowns set to part ways with Rulani Mokwena?. Image: Pulse Sport

Sundowns confirm shock release of ex-Chiefs and Pirates target!

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has seemingly confirmed the shock exit of a ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates target!

Mamelodi Sundowns set to part ways with Rulani Mokwena?. Image: Pulse Sport

Mamelodi Sundowns set to part ways with Rulani Mokwena?. Image: Pulse Sport

Mamelodi Sundowns have announced their second departure of the transfer window, with many set to follow.

The first departure was that of Bongani Zungu, who strangely took to social media to announce his own departure. 

That was a move that shocked the football fraternity in South Africa, because he was a starter towards the end. Zungu started games against TS Galaxy, Cape Town City in the last game of the season. He was even trusted to start the final, showing that he was key to that position at Sundowns. But in the end they decided not to take up an option that would’ve seen him stay at the club. He has been swiftly followed by Ethiopian International Abubeker Nasir

Nasir released by Sundowns?

The Ethiopian international had been in the wilderness all season, after failing to recover from a serious injury. The origins of his current injury seem to stem from the a career-threatening injury he got after a challenge with ex-Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane. Nasir has not been the same ever since and was not registered as a Sundowns first team player at the end of the last campaign.

Even before then, there were rumours that the club would cut their losses on the player. In a press conference earlier this year, Mokwena gave an indication that Nasir’s career was hanging by a thread. Now the latest developments are seem to suggest the player will be or has already been released by Sundowns. 

“He is not a Sundowns player, so I don’t want to talk about Nasir because he is not a Sundowns player. He is not registered as a Sundowns player. So I don’t talk about people who are not Sundowns players.” Said the Mokwena to Power FM as per FARPost. 

Should Chiefs and Pirates be lurking?

Prior to joining Sundowns, Nasir was a hot transfer target for both Soweto Giants Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates. In the end he decided to go Chloorkop, even though it meant he does and assessment first. When he did eventually sign, he played a total of 17 games scoring four times. The injury was really unfortunate as he showed so much promise. 

At just the age of 24, the player could still be of interest to either Chiefs or Pirates, especially on a free. But the question remains, would either of the two sides be willing to take a chance on him, if Sundowns decided to cut their losses on all that potential?