With preparations for the new season in full swing, Mamelodi Sundowns are delighted to announce the latest addition to the squad.
Limpopo-born forward and Bafana Bafana international, Thabiso Kutumela has reached an agreement with Mamelodi Sundowns and signed a 5-year contract with the reigning DStv Premiership Champions.
The 28-year-old striker joins The Yellow Nation after scoring 12 goals in 26 league starts with Maritzburg United FC this past season.
Kutumela’s high work rate, assists and goals culminated in him earning his Bafana Bafana call up for the AFCON qualifiers.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena says the club did not enter the transfer market for the sake of it, but that each of their new recruits will bring something the team was lacking last season.
Sundowns have signed Slovakian forward Pavol Safranko, defenders Grant Kekana and Divine Lunga, and left-winger Neo Maema ahead of the new campaign.
“We did a lot of thorough analysis, not just video footage, but also with the assistance of data to measure what we have from a numbers perspective and what we do not have, and what we need in relation to our concepts and our playing style,” Mokwena said.
“And the ideas that we have of how we want to see the team play. Therefore the recruitment was largely based on the needs and profiling the right players to be able to help us with regards that.
“Each one of the signings was about trying to solve certain aspects in our team. I will give you a case in point of Neo Maema. He fills a very important role in terms of what we need.
“Auditing the squad we knew that of all the players we have, Maema allows us to have a left-footed winger. People will say to me, but that does not sound like a detail that is big enough to go into the market.
“But our central midfielders and wingers are right-footed. The last time Sundowns had a left-footed winger was Keagan Dolly and we never really replaced him. And then further on we lost Percy [Tau].
“A left-footed player like that to play the Sundowns wants is something that you don’t find in the local market these days. So the availability of Neo helped us a lot.”