On-loan goalkeeper returns to Sundowns


Mamelodi Sundowns will still have Ugandan goalkeeper Ismail Watenga in their books after spending the past two seasons with Chippa United.

This has been confirmed by Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena during his visit to Uganda where he was invited by Kampala Capital City Authority.

"We like Watenga so much and we have tried to invest in him," Mokwena was quoted as saying by Ugandan publication Football256.

Mokwena has been in Uganda since Friday on an invite from Kampala Capital City Authority to provide input while sharing his knowledge and is set to return today

"We went him out to Chippa to get more playing time.

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"He started reasonably well but unfortunately, he did not get much playing time towards the end but I believe that was due to the change of coaches at Chippa which disturbed his momentum a little bit.

"Watenga is a very good goalkeeper with very good attributes, his agility is excellent, his speed and shot-stopping are very good and maybe he only needs to improve when it comes to build-up play," says Mokwena.

The Brazilians already have Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene, Ricardo Goss and Reyaad Pieterse who all shared the game time load this past season. 

Watenga (27) only played 10 games this past season after starting off with a promising 14 appearances during the 2020/21 season

Mokwena also highlighted how Onyango also took a similar path to Watenga before eventually establishing himself at Sundowns. 

"Watenga’s desire should be to follow in Onyango’s footsteps because he has got a huge potential and hopefully, he can be at the club and play.

"As far as Onyango is concerned it took him time to stamp his position at Mamelodi.

"We all remember that he went to Mpumalanga Black Aces and BidVest Wits on loan before he came back and became Sundowns’ number one goalkeeper.

"He came back, and he has been very successful and maybe Watenga’s success lies in the journey of Onyango and he will need to pick up a little bit more from what Onynago went through," says Mokwena.

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