Sundowns brought the likes of Raphael Dudamel, Jorge Acuna, Bryan Aldave, Jose Torrealba and Vicente Principiano and did not get much of a contribution from them, though Torrealba did well.
In the last few years as Sundowns coach, Mosimane has developed a love affair for South American players and he’s got it right more often than not with the players he has brought in. First was Leonardo Castro from Colombia, a lanky striker South Africans knew very little about, but would go on to form one of the deadliest partnerships in PSL history, the ‘CBD’ which included Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly. Castro, now a Kaizer Chiefs player, scored 15 goals in 35 matches during the 2015/16 campaign, inspiring Sundowns to the Absa Premiership in May 2016 and the CAF Champions League a few months after that. He could not repeat his good scoring form in front of goal the following season, but can
Brazilian defender Ricard Nascimento was signed in 2016 and he has featured regularly as the left-sided centre back.
Nascimento, who is the side’s number one penalty taker, is calm in possession of the ball and is hardly ever found wanting.
In January last year Sundowns supporters were introduced to Uruguayan Gaston Sirino, following his signing from Bolivian side Bolivar. Over a year since making his debut, Sirino is adored by the club’s supporters and Mosimane feels he has what it takes to win the PSL Footballer of the Season award. The 27-year-old has five goals and eight assists this season.
Venezuelan Jose Ali Meza, however, has struggled to break into the team since joining the club before the start of the season. The 27-year-old has scored just once this season.
Now Sundowns have Argentine striker Emiliano Tade on their books and he made the perfect start with a goal in the Champions League against Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas. Tade has the advantage of having played for AmaZulu in the first half of the season, so he knows all about PSL football now.
Many of the South American players Mosimane has signed have signed have not struggled to settle in at the club. And we could see more coming to South Africa in future.