Sundowns Set To Say Goodbye To Some Of Their Goalkeepers
According to sources, the club has informed goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse that he will not be retained, while veteran Kennedy Mweene is set to retire.
Sundowns currently have four goalkeepers at their training facility in Chloorkop. The experienced Denis Onyango is the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, while Ronwen Williams, Pieterse, and Mweene provide backup.
However, the club also has a few other goalkeepers out on loan, and it appears that Sundowns are planning to bring them back to bolster their squad.
Two of these goalkeepers are Ricardo Goss and Jody February, who are currently playing for SuperSport United and AmaZulu, respectively. Sources suggest that both Goss and February will be recalled to the Sundowns squad to fill the void left by Pieterse and Mweene.
The news of Pieterse’s departure will undoubtedly come as a blow to the player, who had hoped to establish himself as Sundowns’ first-choice goalkeeper.
Pieterse, who previously played for Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United, joined Sundowns in 2018 but struggled to displace Onyango as the team’s number one. He was subsequently loaned out to Stellenbosch FC in the 2020-21 season.
Meanwhile, Mweene’s retirement will bring an end to an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades. The Zambian goalkeeper joined Sundowns in 2013 and played a crucial role in the club’s success, helping them win multiple league titles and the CAF Champions League in 2016.
With Pieterse and Mweene set to depart, Sundowns will be left with three goalkeepers in their squad. While Onyango remains the team’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper, there is likely to be a battle for the backup spot between Williams, Goss, and February.
Williams, who is also the captain of SuperSport United, is widely regarded as one of the most talented goalkeepers in the country. The 29-year-old has been with Sundowns since 2011 and has made over 200 appearances for the club.
Despite playing second fiddle to Onyango for much of his time at Sundowns, Williams has always been a reliable backup and has often been called upon to fill in when the Ugandan goalkeeper has been unavailable.
Goss, on the other hand, has been in fine form for SuperSport United this season. The 27-year-old joined Sundowns in 2019 but has spent most of his time on loan at various clubs. His performances for SuperSport have caught the eye of the Sundowns coaching staff, who see him as a potential long-term replacement for Onyango.
February, who is also 27, has been a revelation for AmaZulu this season. The Cape Town-born goalkeeper has been instrumental in helping the team challenge for the league title, and his performances have earned him a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad.
While he may be the least experienced of the three goalkeepers, February’s potential and form suggest that he could be a valuable asset for Sundowns in the future.
Sundowns’ decision to bring back Goss and February is a clear indication that the club is looking to build for the future. With Onyango now in his mid-30s, the club will need to identify a long-term replacement for the Ugandan goalkeeper.
While Williams remains a capable backup, Goss and February offer a younger and potentially more long-term solution to Sundowns’ goalkeeping needs.