adding spark

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

When the Absa Premiership resumes next month, it will be a new-look Mamelodi Sundowns, boasting five new players.

Fanyana Dhladhla, 29, the impressive former Free State Stars winger, and former Black Leopards right-back Luvhengo Mungomeni, were the most recognizable among the newcomers.

The Brazilians' coach, Gordon Igesund, also signed 23-year-old Uruguay striker Brian Aldev, and the Nathi Lions duo of Christopher Makhoba and Innocent Mpangase.

Downs' spokesman Daniel Mudau sang Aldev's praises, calling the Uruguayan a great striker.

"He was his club's top goalscorer in his country, and we are looking forward to him making a similar, if not a better, impact here," Mudau said.

Downs have said no player would be put on transfer, but Igesund has said before he would like to keep his playing staff at a reasonable, manageable number.

The new additions bring the number of players to 31, and it appears Igesund has now changed his mind.

Mudau suggests their Africa Champions League campaign played a part in this decision.

"As you know, we will be going into Africa, where we will face injuries and suspensions. We wanted to be ready for all that," he said.

Dhladhla, a right winger, haunted PSL defenders last year, and most people will remember the goal he scored against Ajax Cape Town that sent Ea Lla Koto through to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.

Sundowns will also remember him for assisting in the goal Diyo Sibisi scored against them in the semifinals of the same competition, in Kimberley.

Downs have relied only on Josta Dladla in that position, but the addition of Dhladhla and 24-year-old Makhoba should spice things up.

Mudau said: "Our technical team ensured that they carefully assessed the team and identified what is needed. With Luvhengo, he is versatile and can be used at centre-back too.

" I'm particularly proud as he is a player I identified at amateur level a long time ago"

Mpangase comes with high praise, with Nathi Lions coach Professor Ngubane comparing him to Lucas Radebe because of his ability to read the game.