Mamelodi Sundowns winger secures European move

The attacker has ditched the Brazilians one year after landing at Chloorkop

Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Junior Mendieta has secured a move to Europe after joining Greek Super League side Volos FC.

Mendieta joined Sundowns in 2023 and made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals while providing three assists.

He was not among the regulars at Masandawana but still played a major part in their PSL campaign as well as the African Football League but will now be plying his trade in Europe.

“PAE Volos announces the acquisition of the 31-year-old Argentinian midfielder Junior Leandro Mendieta,” the Greek club confirmed.

The winger made his name during his four years at Stellenbosch 

“Mendieta immediately after signing his new contract went to Portaria where he integrated with the rest of the Volos team and already started training. PAE Volos welcomes Junior Leandro Mendieta to its family.”

The exciting winger was one of the most sought-after players following his impressive spell at Stellenbosch and Sundowns are believed to have paid close to R10 million to land him.

His nine goals and eight assists in 26 PSL games for Stellies during the 2022-23 campaign attracted Sundowns who sought to add some dynamism and creativity to their attack but departed coach Rhulani Mokwena preferred to use him as a second half substitute for most of his time at Chloorkop.

Sundowns are creating room for new arrivals at Chloorkop

The 31-year-old Argentine is the fifth player to leave Sundowns following the departures of Brian Onyango, Bongani Zungu, Thabiso Kutumela and Gaston Sirino.

Sundowns have not announced any signings yet but appear to be creating room for new arrivals although their transfer business might be slowed down by Mokwena’s departure.

The PSL Coach of the Year parted ways with the Brazilians on Wednesday following what is believed to be a falling out with Sporting Director Flemming Berg and the club is now on the lookout for a new coach, who might demand a different set of players, from those initially targeted.

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