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Sifiso Ngobeni: Mamelodi Sundowns signs Celtic defender Bloemfontein


The left-back joined the Brazilians – who are on a strengthening mission – on a five-year contract

Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed the signing of Sifiso Ngobeni from Bloemfontein Celtic.

Ngobeni joined the Brazilians on a five-year contract and are the latest team to be confirmed by the Pretoria club after the arrival of Thabiso Kutumela of Maritzburg United.

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“The Mamelodi Sundowns are delighted to welcome left-back Sifiso Ngobeni from Bloemfontein Celtic. The Mamelodi-born defender returns to his hometown to represent the Brazilians after signing a five-year contract. Sunsets announced Thursday.

“The 24-year-old made 21 league appearances for Siwelele last season. Ngobeni played a pivotal role in the 2021 Cosafa Cup tournament, representing the Bafana Bafana as they won the prestigious tournament held in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, Sunday, July 19. 2021.

The full-back becomes the second player from the Free State-based team to join the Yellow Nation this offseason and will join former teammate Neo Maema at Chloorkop.

“Welcome home, Ngobs!

Woula Macire Sane from Senegal challenged by Sifiso Stanley Ngobeni from Bafana Bafana, July 2021

Besides Ngobeni and Kutumela, Sundowns previously confirmed the signing of Pavol Safranko, Divine Lunga, Neo Maema and Grant Kekana.

Kutumela, who has scored 12 goals in 26 league appearances for Maritzburg United, also signed a five-year contract.

Safranko, who will have to compete with Mauricio Affonso, Gift Motupa, Peter Shalulile and Kermit Erasmus for places in the attacking department, has been signed from Sepsi OSK SF of Slovakia.

The star – who has found the back of the net nine times and provided six assists in 33 games – has taken the plunge after helping his former side qualify for the 2021/22 Uefa Europa Conference League

Lunga, 26, who made 26 PSL appearances for the Golden Arrows, is a regular member of Zimbabwe’s national team, the Warriors, and has been named to the squad that will make the World Cup qualifiers.

Maema, meanwhile, joined the Brazilians after his contract with Bloemfontein Celtic ended – a club he played for in 17 games and helped them avoid relegation.

Kekana, who was signed from SuperSport United, has joined former teammate Aubrey Modiba after also agreeing to a five-year move.

The PSL champions started their pre-season preparations three days ago as they camp at the University of Pretoria after undergoing medical and physical evaluations.

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