Inside info on Downs' Ethiopian trialist revealed


Mamelodi Sundowns trialist Abubeker Nasir Ahmed’s Ethiopian club has revealed information that has led to the rising star choosing the PSL champions ahead of other clubs chasing his services.

Nasir arrived at Sundowns for an assessment which will give guidance to whether he is signed from Ethiopian Coffee SC where he is under contract.

The 21-year-old featured in all three games for Ethiopia at the AFCON finals where they came stuck in the group stages.

"We are willing to sell but he is also a kind of selective guy," reveals Mamo, talking to

"He will tell you that I don’t want to go there, and I want to go there. So, this all depends upon his preference. We will also be guided by what he wants because we also need to keep his interests as well.

"That he came to South Africa means he is interested in playing there. He thinks he will then move on to Europe after South Africa and I don’t know whether that is right or not but that is how he thinks. This will all depend on how he performs," says Mamo.

"He is at Sundowns for trials and as far as I know the agreement is that he will be there for two weeks.

"However, with the transfer window closing in South Africa on January 31 they have to make their decisions and we have to agree before then. We have our own valuation of the player, but those figures are confidential now.

"In as far as Abubeker is concerned we are only dealing with one agent (name supplied) in South Africa. We don’t know of any communication with Kaizer Chiefs. If they are interested, then they haven’t made any official contact with us.

"No other club in South Africa has made contact with us but we have other clubs from North Africa who are keen in Egypt, Morocco and Algeria," says Mamo.

Last season, Nasir scored 29 goals in 22 games on his way to being crowned the league’s top goals scorer, Best Young Player, and the Most Valuable Player.

He was also the CECAFA Under-23 Challenge Best Player. 

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