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Aubaas & Traore Set For Galaxy Exits

TS Galaxy have agreed transfers for Bathusi Aubaas and Traoré Djakaridja ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Aubaas has agreed to join Mamelodi Sundowns, while Traore is set to sign for Turkish outfit İstanbulspor.

Both players were not part of the club’s unveiling of their new squad and kits for the season and exhibition match for the fans against Casric at Solomon Mahlangu Stadium on Sunday.

While Aubaas attended the event sitting in the stands, the towering Ivory Coast striker, who was the club’s top scorer, is awaiting his paperwork ahead of his move to the SüperLig side.

iDiski Times understands both deals should be completed this week before the clubs make an official announcement.

Aubaas represents a surprising signing for Masandawana but having featured as a six and as a centre-back fo the Rockets, his arrival will bring versatility to the Sundowns squad, which they feel is needed going into the season with a new tactical formation.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder will now compete with Teboho Mokoena, Rivaldo Coetzee, Bongani Zungu, Sipho Mbule and Sammy Seabi for a place in the starting eleven.

Junior Traore of TS Galaxy challenged by Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2022/233 match between TS Galaxy and Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on 05 January 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Sundowns are also working on adding South Africa U17 midfielder Gomolemo Kekana into their ranks from Galaxy, viewed as one of the most promising talents in the country.

The Rockets have also already secured Traore’s replacement in the form of his compatriot Latif Bamba, who arrives after a stint in the Girabola with GD Sagrada Esperança.

Story by: Snethemba Makonco and Lorenz Köhler

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.