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Agent calls for Sundowns to have patience with Soumahoro Bangaly

Posted: 24 October 2015 Time: 12:16

Football agent Jean Marc Eyango has urged Mamelodi Sundowns to be patient with their recent acquisition, defender Soumahoro Bangaly. 

Bangaly has featured in two matches since signing, including Wednesday’s Absa Premiership victory over Bloemfontein Celtic when he came on in the second half to stiffen the back four.

That was Sundowns’ fourth victory on the trot and has eased the pressure on head coach Pitso Mosimane, who came in for some criticism the previous time he fielded Bangaly – the 2-1 defeat at Golden Arrows in September, when the defender was taken off at half-time.

Eyango says Bangaly was thrown in at the deep end gainst Arrows, having just arrived in this country.

“South Africa is a big country and he came to the game and he didn't know he's going to play, and the coach told him 35 minutes before; ‘you are starting the game’ and he got scared,” Eyango says.

A communication breakdown between the new man and Denis Onyango lead to the Ugandan goalkeeper conceding a penalty.

“It was obviously a nightmare for him because he can't speak English. Two days in the country and the stadium is big … but there is no doubt about his ability, he's a very good player,” Eyango says.

“It's not like [Aristide] Bance who has been in Turkey, Germany with a lot of experience... the boy comes from Africa.

“But he’s a good boy and he has played in Champions League Finals for Asec Abidjan,” the agent from Cameroon adds.

“Sundowns went to watch him and he came here and got signed up after two weeks of trials.”

Eyango has a long relationship with Sundowns, having brought in Alain Amogou and introduced the legendary Roger Feutmba. 

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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