Sundowns had to sacrifice both players to make space for new signings Jeremy Brockie, Gaston Sirino and the returning Ricardo Nascimento, who was not registered in the first half of the season because of an injury.
“We have reached an agreement to loan out our two foreigners, Zakri at Ajax and Hachi at Chippa. We have kept Bangaly [Soumahoro], Ricardo came on and we still have [Razak] Brimah. So that’s the foreign quota we have,” Mosimane said today.
The decision to loan out Hachi meant Sundowns needed to get cover at left-back for Tebogo Langerman, which is why they signed Siyabonga Zulu from Platinum Stars.
“We needed cover. Zulu has played for Bafana Bafana. He did not have a good start [Zulu got a red card against Mauritania], but he has played for Bafana. He’s got potential, so he is in the right space. If he does well, then he can get a chance,” said Mosimane, before explaining why Hachi struggled to get game-time.
“Fares did not struggle so much. Offensively he has an edge on Langa [Langerman], but defensively Langa comes out quicker with the speed because we play with the fullbacks that go out, so Langa ticked that box. Sometimes it takes time for a player to adjust. It took Leo a lot of time. It took Sibusiso Vilakazi a year to get there.
“Also you don’t want to have a lot of foreigners on the bench because you are killing local talent. When you bring a foreigner it must be something that we don’t have.”