Sundowns part ways with their defender as foreign players give head coach Pitso Mosimane serious headache

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News reaching our news crew is that Mamelodi Sundowns have released one of their foreign defenders.

This comes after the signings of Venezuelan forward Jose Ali Meza and Guinea Bissau striker Toni Silva at Mamelodi Sundowns presented head coach Pitso Mosimane with a headache in terms of managing the foreign quota in his squad.

The challenge then emerged as registering the players became a nightmare for Sundowns, as according to Premier Soccer League rules, all teams in the Premiership are only allowed to register five foreign players.

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The Brazilians reached that limit with Uruguayan midfielder Sirino, Ghanaian goalkeeper Razak Brimah, Ivorian Bangaly Soumahoro, Brazilian defensive hard rock Nascimento and New Zealander Jeremy Brockie.

Sources have indicated that full-back Fares Hachi has been released from his contract, although it has not been confirmed yet.

It has been indicated that the 28-year-old has one year remaining on his contract, and after spending last season on loan at Chippa United, it is believed he is no longer part of Sundowns' plans.

The Absa Premiership champions recently brought in the likes of Toni Silva and Jose Ali Meza, extending the number of foreign players on their books.

During the 2017-18 campaign, Hachi made a total of nine appearances in the Absa Premiership, with five of the matches coming for Sundowns.

Meanwhile, want-away superstar Percy Tau has been AWOL from training since Sunday. Tau is believed to be trying to force a move to English side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Any move, however, could also be scuppered by an inability for Tau to get a work permit in England.


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