KickOff.com looks at Downs' foreigners and their residency status.
The Zambia international joined Sundowns at the beginning of the season from Free State Stars. The 29-year-old moved to South Africa during the 2005/06 campaign from Kitwe United and holds permanent residency. Mweene is the first choice keeper in Pitso Mosimane’s team.
The Belgian is registered as a ‘non-foreigner’ through financial independence. The 28-year-old joined Sundowns in January 2013 but has yet to make his debut for the club.
Rashid Sumaila (registered as foreigner)
The 21-year-old joined at the beginning of the season from Asante Kotoko and occupied one of the first spots allocated to foreigners. The Ghana international has been linked with a move to France, Belgium and Russia.
The Dutchman is also registered as a non-foreigner through ‘financial independence’. Schut joined from FC Utrecht at the beginning of last term at the behest of Johan Neeskens.
Emmanuel Matthias (foreigner, but nor registered)
The Togolese joined at the beginning of this season but has not been registered due to the club reaching their foreign quota. Downs tried to loan out the player but the deal fell through. It is highly unlikely the club will retain the 27-year-old next season.
The highly respected Mozambique international has been in South Africa for seven years after joining SuperSport United in 2007 from Desportivo de Maputo.
Dove Wome (registered as foreigner)
The 20-year-old Togolese has been one of the best performers in the PSL since joining Free State Stars. In his first season at Sundowns, he has been a regular starter in midfield alongside Hlompho Kekana and Bongani Zungu. Wome arrived at the same
time as his former Free State Stars teammate Mweene.
Khama Billiat (registered as foreigner)
The Zimbabwe international joined from Ajax Cape Town in one of the most talked about PSL transfers. Billiat is a regular starter in Pitso Mosimane’s side. The player has been living in South Africa since 2010 and if he is registered as a permanent resident next year it will create an additional space for a foreigner.
Mukuka Mulenga (registered as foreigner)
The highly rated Zambia international has yet to kick a ball since joining Sundowns from Power Dynamos. The 20-year-old is likely to be a regular player next season.
Mumuni Abubakar (foreigner, on loan)
The 21-year-old joined at the beginning of the season and was sent out on loan to National First Division side Black Leopards before even kicking a ball for Sundowns.
The veteran Zimbabwean has been with the club for 10 years and no longer commands a regular place in the team. But whether is he registered or not doesn’t make a difference as he holds permanent South African residency.
The Liberia international joined Jomo Cosmos in 2005 before moving to SuperSport United in 2008 and then eventually switching to neighbouring Sundowns.
Cuthbert Malajila (registered as foreigner)
The Zimbabwe international spent 18 months at Maritzburg United before he was transferred to Sundowns.
Denis Onyango (SA residency, on loan)
The Ugandan is currently on loan at Bidvest University. After joining from SuperSport United, Onyango served as an understudy to Wayne Sandilands but the arrival of Mweene meant there were was no place for the 28-year-old.
Kudakwashe Mahachi (on loan)
The Zimbabwean winger signed a five-year deal that will see him join Sundowns in June. He is currently on loan at Bulawayo club Highlanders.
Ejike Uzoenye (on loan)
The Nigerian attracted the attention of many PSL clubs with his starring displays that saw him win the CHAN player of the tournament award. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Tshwane side and he will join the club in June.
Nyasha Mushekwi (on loan)
Despite his impressive performance in Sundowns colours, Nyasha Mushekwi was sent out on loan to Belgian club KV Oostende.
The Zambian joined Downs last month, but could be loaned to Zesco United.