Downs striker longing for SA return


A Mamelodi Sundowns striker currently on lockdown in his native country has expressed his desire to return to South Africa to re-join his teammates.

Mauricio Affonso has been back home in Uruguay since suffering from a niggling groin injury in December, when he underwent surgery and began readying himself for next season.

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The 28-year-old, who played an integral role in Sundowns’ triumphant run in the Telkom Knockout last year after scoring three goals in four games, is now stranded back home as COVID-19 has restricted travel and movement in most countries around the world.

Despite having arrived only at the start of the current season, which is now suspended pending an outcome from the PSL, the lanky forward says he is longing to be back at Chloorkop and doing his job for The Brazilians.

“The club, coach [Pitso Mosimane] and doctors have all been great, I am two months post operation and recovering well,” said Affonso on his club’s website.

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“I want to continue doing the rehab work, so that I can get back to doing what I love the most, playing football. This quarantine has made me miss football.

“I watch a lot of match replays and I’m in constant contact with the club and my teammates, which makes me want to get back sooner.”

Regarding his daily routine, the former Alianza Lima attacker said: “I tend to still wake up relatively early. I then do the prescribed physiotherapy to strengthen the groin and problematic areas.

“Once I am done with physio, I jump onto Netflix or PlayStation and I am there for a while, that’s where I link up with Gaston [Sirino] and Ali [Meza] and we play FIFA or Fortnite together.”

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