- Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed that Lyle Lakay has joined the club from Cape Town City
- Lakay’s move to Sundowns has been expected and was widely seen as the worst-kept secret in the PSL
- Mamelodi Sundowns have now made four signings in the off-season
Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that Lyle Lakay has joined the club ahead of the 2018/19 season. Lakay joins the current Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions from Cape Town City where he experienced a rebirth in form.
Lakay’s move to Chloorkop hasn’t really shocked anyone and was widely expected by football pundits and fans alike. His transfer was even referred to as the worst-kept secret in the PSL.
Mamelodi Sundowns have now made four signings during the off-season, Lakay joins Toni Silva, Jose Ali Meza and Andile Jali as the new recruits at the club.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the move is regarded as the biggest of Lakay’s career and will be the first time he plays in a team with as much firepower as Mamelodi.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Lakay played a total of 35 matches for Cape Town City last season (across various competitions), he scored twice and assisted with seven goals.
Lakay is a graduate of the SuperSport United youth academy and spent two years on loan at Cape Town before making a move to Bloemfontein Celtic.
He impressed during his season at Celtic and was snapped up by Cape Town City once again. Lakay had a deeply impressive stint under Benni McCarthy and caught the eye of Pitso Mosimane.
Mosimane will be hoping to extract the maximum from his limited new players. The team will radically different on attack having lost star strikers Khama Billiat to Kaizer Chiefs and Percy Tau to Brighton Hove and Albion.
While Lakay isn’t a direct replacement for either Tau or Billiat he will bring some much-needed depth to the Sundowns line-up and forms part of a bigger picture which Mosimane claims will mean the loss of the teams star striker’s won’t have a significant impact.
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