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Seven months later, Sundowns star headed for the exit door

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A newly signed star is headed for the exit door just seven months after joining Mamelodi Sundowns.

Insiders have revealed that the new signing could leave in a similar fashion as Pavol Safranko.

The Slovakian, Safranko, spent just one season before he was shipped out of the club.

The 28-year-old had been signed from Romanian side Sepsi OSK before the start of last season. Safranko parted ways with the Tshwane giants a year later after struggling to get playing minutes.


Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena revealed they knew they “needed a different type of striker”. 

Abdelmounaim Boutouil focusing on the game.

“We needed a different profile. The talk must be about what type of striker you need for the game model you will use,” he explained.

At the time, the club had already signed an Ethiopian forward, Abubeker Nasir, who is a different profile of a striker.


The newly crowned DStv Premiership champions now look set to do the same with Moroccan defender Abdelmounaim Boutouil.

Boutouil joined the Tshwane giants from Botola Pro side SCC Mohammédia, becoming the first Moroccan player to join a PSL club.

Masandawana signed the 24-year-old central defender on a three-year deal, with an option to extend for another two years. 

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But the club is now pondering shipping him out because of his injury struggles. Injuries have limited the left-footed centre-back to only one start this season.

“There are concerns that you can’t keep a foreigner who’s been injured all season. There’s a possibility he may be let go at the end of the season,” the source said.


Boutouil expressed his excitement to join the Tshwane giants and will be eager to impress as they play in the knockout stages of the CAF Champions League.

The Moroccan played a significant role in helping his nation win the prestigious 2020 African Nations [AFCON] Championship title in Cameroon. He had a short loan spell at the home of three-time African champions Raja Casablanca before returning to his mother club, Mohammédia. 

He is highly rated as one of his country’s most technically gifted defenders.

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