Rating Sundowns' 2018/19 signings

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane brought in a number of players in the past season in an effort to strengthen the team, after losing his key men Khama Billiat and Percy Tau.

After Sundowns clinched a fourth title under the guidance of Mosimane, KickOff.com rates the signings that were made by the former Bafana Bafana coach this term.

Lebohang Maboe

He is without a doubt the best signing from the past season. Maboe joined Sundowns from Maritzburg United and immediately worked his way into the team, shrugging off tough competition at Chloorkop. He finished the campaign with nine goals and eight assists in all competitions. He gained good experience in the CAF Champions League and has become a Bafana Bafana player as well - Rating: 8/10.

Lyle Lakay

Lakay was told from the very beginning that he would not be played in his preferred left-wing position. He was signed from Cape Town City to play at left-back, and fight with Tebogo Langerman for a spot in the starting line-up. Lakay snubbed Bidvest Wits to join Sundowns and is now a league title winner. He played 42 matches in all competitions, contributing with one goal and two assists - 7/10.

Mosa Lebusa

The former Ajax Cape Town defender had to wait his turn before he started playing regularly in the team. When he finally got his turn to play, Lebusa made a mark and at times gave Mosimane the option of playing him at left-back. He made 27 appearances in all competitions and scored one goal, in the CAF Champions League against ASEC Mimosas - 6/10.

Phakamani Mahlambi

Mahlambi joined Sundowns from Egyptian giants Al Ahly when the 2018/19 campaign had already begun. He scored on debut against AmaZulu in September, but struggled for form and only registered his second goal for the club in 2019. The second half of the season was better for Mahlambi, who scored five goals in all competitions, including the winning goal against Free State Stars to secure the title for Masandawana - 6/10. 

Andile Jali

A lot was expected from Jali when it was finally announced that he would be joining Sundowns, and not Kaizer Chiefs or his former club Orlando Pirates. He made his debut in the CAF Champions League and struggled with injury here and there, but also had to deal with a few off-field incidents - 5/10.

Jose Ali Meza

After Sundowns hit the jackpot with Gaston Sirino, the arrival of fellow South American Meza was met with a lot of excitement from the club’s supporters, who were expecting more of the same from the left-footed forward. Unlike Sirino though, Meza was not able to hit the ground running and struggled to break into the team. He played 13 matches in all competitions, but only once in the second half of the campaign. He scored one goal and finished with one assist - 3/10.

Reyaad Pieterse

After struggling to get ahead of Ronwen Williams in goal at SuperSport United, Pieterse made the bizarre decision to join Sundowns, to compete with Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene for a place in the starting line-up. Pieterse was given a few opportunities early in the campaign in Onyango’s absence, but did not quite impress. It got to a stage where Mweene started in goal whenever Onyango was not around - 4/10.

Emiliano Tade

Tade caught the eye of Sundowns while he was with AmaZulu in the first half of the season and Mosimane made a big effort to bring him in during the January transfer window. Tade finished the season with two goals and as many assists for Masandawana - 5/10.

Toni Silva

The fact that he was a youth player at Chelsea and Liverpool meant that Silva came to the PSL with a huge reputation. Seen as a potential replacement for Billiat, Silva did not quite live up to expectations and lasted only half a season with the club, making a move to Egypt during the January transfer window. He made 11 appearances, scoring two goals. - 3/10. 

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