Club authorities are already in agreement that he needs to be playing elsewhere after falling into the list of players that couldn’t be registered with the League this season due to an exhausted foreign quota.
The Zambian midfielder was actually offered to Bloemfontein Celtic – where he spent the past season on loan – but Phunya Sele Sele felt they were already covered in his position and needed their foreign space for strikers.
With the transfer window opening again in just over eight weeks, Sundowns are already working hard to find a club for Mulenga in January.
Word is that a couple of options at clubs that have foreign space are being considered, which is why the 22-year-old has been allowed to train with the first team as a way of keeping sharp ahead of his move in January.
Normally players that have not been registered train away from the first team.
Mulenga battled with injuries for most of his first season (2013/14) at Sundowns when he was registered as one of five foreign players but eventually finished that campaign without playing. He then spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Celtic, where he started 15 games and came on as a substitute five times.
The Zambian is into the last year of his contract with Sundowns but still has an option the Brazilians could choose to exercise.
Though he has not been active this season, Mulenga appears likely to be selected for the Zambia Under-23 squad to play at the CAF Under-23 Championships (which double up as 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers) in Senegal from November 28 to December 12.