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Sundowns Get Their Slovak

Mamelodi Sundowns look to have made one of their first signings for next season, with Slovak forward Pavol Safranko set to join the club for the 2021/2022 season.

The DStv Premiership leaders, who are also in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup, and quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League, had reportedly made offers for the 26-year-old at the start of the year already, and his current club in Romania, Sepsi OSK have now accepted an offer of 700,000 Euros (R12 million).

Safronko has been at Sepsi for the past two seasons. He played in Slovakia for teams like Tatran Prešov, ŽP Šport Podbrezová and Dunajská Streda, before joining Aalborg in Denmark. From there he also had a successful loan spell at Dundee United in Scotland before joining Sepsi in Romania.

The deal was confirmed by the Sepsi’s Sporting Director.

“There will be players who will go and we also intend to buy, but since there are a lot of people in the frame right now, they will definitely not come as many as they will go. Safranko is sure to leave , having already signed for South Africa’s richest team, the champion team Mamelodi Sundowns,” Sepsi’s Sporting Director Attila Hadnagy said in an interview with Lelato.

“The transfer cost the buyer € 700,000 and is likely to offer things of a financial nature, after all, Mamelodi Sundowns is the richest club in the Republic of South Africa, winning the last three competitions of the South African Premier League, and still leading the tournament by six points.”

Safranko is a Slovakian International, who has earned 9 caps for his country.

Safranko, who can play across the front three, is currently Sepsi’s top scorer with 7 goals and 4 assists in 24 games.

Rob Delport
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