PSL transfer news: Nigerian midfielder Ejike staying at Sundowns
Posted: 16 July 2015 Time: 11:40
Nigerian midfielder Uzoenyi Ejike is staying put at Mamelodi Sundowns despite a difficult debut season in which he started just a single game while also battling through injuries along the way.
Ejike struggled through his first year at Sundowns with just one start and seven substitute appearances raising fears that he could be sacrificed when the club undergoes its annual foreign quota reshuffle, with the club having already added yet another import in Burundian striker Fiston Abdul Razak.
However, KickOff.com has been informed that the 23-year-old will retain his spot amongst the five foreign players that the club will be registering this season as he is part of the plans.
Ejike still has three years remaining on his contract and is part of the squad that has travelled for the pre-season tour of Zambia.
The stylish midfielder had differences with Pitso Mosimane along the way last season about how he should fulfil his duties on the field, with the former Bafana Bafana coach pressing for the Nigerian to do more defensive work.
“Ejike is staying on at Sundowns because there hasn’t been any indications that he will not be needed,” says a source.
Sundowns normally ‘parks’ excess foreign players at Chloorkop or loans them out and The Brazilians will again have to decide who to accommodate in their list of five foreign players. They already have more than five on their roster following the return of Mukuka Mulenga from loan and the addition of Razak.
Sundowns also have Hichani Himoonde and Nyasha Mushekwi on their books, though the latter is performing superbly and standing as the league top scorer in Sweden where he turns out for Djurgardens IF.