Zimbabwe’s Malajila and Ngele of Botswana both spent last term on loan at Bidvest Wits where they finished as Absa Premiership champions before returning Chloorkop.
They both qualify for permanent residence, having been employed in South Africa for at least five consecutive years, as per the requirements of the Home Affairs.
Malajila arrived in South Africa from Dynamos via Maritzburg United in January 2012 before moving to Sundowns in July 2013, while Ngele has been in the country since July 2012, with Platinum Stars having been his first club.
If issued with the permanent residence permits, the pair will be registered as non-foreigners by Sundowns as they would be holding South African identity documents.
They will, however, remain holders of passports of their respective countries, allowing them to continue with their international careers.
The challenge facing Sundowns is that Malajila and Ngele cannot be registered for the CAF Champions League as they are cup tied, having already done duty for Wits, but the club feels they will need them for the domestic campaign along with next year’s Champions League.
As is usually the case at Chloorkop, the Brazilians’ foreign quota is already full and they have to devise plans to accommodate all the foreign born players that they have in their books.
Last season, they had Ricardo Nascimento [Brazil], Leonardo Castro [Colombia], Fares Hachi [Algeria] and the Ivorian pair of Bangaly Soumaharo and Yannick Zakri as the five registered foreigners, as per the PSL rules and regulations.
They have since added Ghana goalkeeper Brimah Razak while Fiston Abdul Razak [Burundi] is back from his loan at Bloemfontein Celtic.
Word is that with Nascimento out until next year with an injury, he might be sacrificed to make space for Brimah, while Castro is said to be having issues with the club, which means he is the other option to make way.
Sundowns already have Denis Onyango [Uganda], Kennedy Mweene [Zambia], Khama Billiat [Zimbabwe] and Anthony Laffor [Liberia] playing as non-foreigners after acquiring permanent residence.