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Sundowns ‘In Talks’ With Bafana Midfielder

Mamelodi Sundowns have shown interest in Stellenbosch FC and Bafana Bafana midfielder Jayden Adams.

Adams, 22, is one of the youngsters that came through Stellenbosch’s youth structures, having arrived at the club when he was a teenager when the club was still in the second division.

The midfielder was part of the Stellies DStv Diski Challenge squad that won the DDC title and won NextGen in that same season two year ago. He made his debut for Stellies’ senior side in August 2020 against Chippa United and has not looked back.

Since then, he made 109 appearances and scored six goals. Adams’ fine form didn’t go unnoticed and he was a surprise selection in Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana squad that finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations, making his debut in the 4-0 win over Namibia.

This publication understands that Sundowns enquired about Adams in November already before he extended his stay at the Cape Winelands side. However, there are currently still talks going on between the two sides but they are yet to reach an agreement for a possible deal.

Head coach Steve Barker has labelled the recent transfer speculation around Adams as just rumours, but didn’t rule out a potential exit, even though he insisted Stellies have built a strong foundation to keep hold of their best players.

“There will always be talk, it’s part of football, whether it’s South Africa, England or Germany,” he said on Radio 2000 earlier in the week.

“When players are doing well, there is always talk of the so-called ‘bigger clubs’ wanting to get them.

“But I just believe we’re a team now that’s been in semi-finals, we’ve won a cup, we can finish the league strong and play in Africa.

“So if I’m a player I would look at the situation and want to be at Stellenbosch because we’re doing something special and we’ll continue to do special things, we’ll continue to compete at the highest level.

“Maybe two/three years ago, players were maybe lured to bigger clubs [because] they felt they could compete at a higher level but we’re reaching that stage. With that I also hope that players not only wanting to leave the club, they’re happy where they are.

“But speculation will always be there and we’ll assess where we are at the end of the season and make informed decisions.”

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Story by Sinethemba Makonco (@Makonco_M).

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.