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Kapinga Out, Motupa Retained At Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns have opted not to activate their option with Lesedi Kapinga but have retained forward Gift Motupa for the 2023/24 season.

Kapinga, who issued a transfer request back in January, is officially a free agent after the club opted not to extend his one-year option.

It comes as no surprise, despite talks within local media that he could be used in a player-swap deal in recent weeks for potential new signings.

He joins Surprise Ralani as the players who have now left the DStv Premiership champions who have announced Junior Mendieta as their latest signing while Lucas Ribeiro Costa is set to join the club from SK Beveren in the coming days.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 19: Lesedi Kapinga of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership match between Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by /BackPagePix/Gallo Images)

However, the shock move from the club is Motupa, who was said to have been heading for the exit door after an alleged fallout with management, but he’s seen his option activated in the final few days before the end of June deadline.

iDiski Times sources confirmed he returned to the club for pre-season with the view of getting back to full fitness after a couple of injury-hit months at Chloorkop, where he’s yet to showcase the form that landed him a move to the club.

The 28-year-old joined Sundowns from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits in September 2020 and has featured 22 times, with three goals and three assists to his name.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.