Sundowns' new signing gets thumbs up


Mamelodi Sundowns’ incoming midfielder Erwin Saavedra has received thumbs up from a fellow South American who played for The Brazilians.

Saavedra is due to complete his move to Sundowns from Bolivian club Bolivar La Paz once all the relevant documentation has been processed.

There have been whispers that Saavedra’s move could possibly form part of a deal that could have Gaston Sirino heading in the opposite direction to Bolivar, the most successful and popular club in Bolivia.

Though Sirino’s return is unlikely for now it remains an option that has been discussed.

Despite being under contract on a package ranking amongst the best in domestic football, Sirino is said to be unsettled at the club having played 90 minutes only once this season.

Sirino played for and won trophies with Bolivar prior to Chloorkop.

With regards to Saavedra, former Sundowns forward Bryan Aldave – who is from Uruguay and has watched the Bolivian before – has approved of the move.

The 25-year-old has won 18 caps for Bolivia in the last three years.

"Saavedra is a very good midfielder and also plays in Bolivia national team," says Aldave in stamping his approval of the Bolivian’s qualities while talking to

Aldave played for Sundowns in 2008 and now does work as a player representative in South America based on his native Uruguay. 

Bolivia – ranked 77 on the FIFA rankings – is still in contention for World Cup qualification and plays away against Venezuela on Friday before they host Chile on Tuesday.

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