Sipho Jembula of Polokwane City challenges Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City on the 14 March 2017 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Jan 18, 2018. 14:30
Having announced the likes of Jeremy Brockie, Gaston Sirino, Aubrey Ngoma and Siyabonga Zulu as new signings, Mamelodi Sundowns have loaned out Yannick Zakri and Fares Hachi.
The Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane confirmed the departure of Cote d’Ivoire striker, Zakri to Ajax Cape Town whilst the Algerian left back, Hachi moves to Chippa United.
‘Jingles’ said they had to open up spaces to ease their foreign quota as they have Bangaly Soumahoro, Razak brimah, Ricardo Nascimento and two new signings, Sirino and Brockie.
“We have reached an agreement to loan out our two foreigners, Zakri at Ajax and Hachi at Chippa," Mosimane said to the media.
”We have kept Bangaly, Ricardo came on and we still have Brimah. So that’s the foreign quota we have.
“We needed cover. Zulu has played for Bafana Bafana. He did not have a good start (Zulu got a red card against Mauritania), but he has played for Bafana.
“He’s got potential, so he is in the right space. If he does well, then he can get a chance..
“Fares did not struggle so much. Offensively he has an edge on Langa (Tebogo Langerman), but defensively Langa comes out quicker with the speed because we play with the fullbacks that go out, so Langa ticked that box.
“Sometimes it takes time for a player to adjust. It took Leo (Leonardo Castro) a lot of time. It took Sibusiso Vilakazi a year to get there.
“Also you don’t want to have a lot of foreigners on the bench because you are killing local talent. When you bring a foreigner it must be something that we don’t have.”