Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Ismail Watenga is set to be loaned out for the second time by his parent club Mamelodi Sundowns.
Watenga joined Sundowns in October 2020 as a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka FC.
He spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Chippa United and according to reports coming in from South Africa, the former Vipers SC custodian is heading out for yet another season-long loan deal with Marumo Gallants.
“Ugandan international goalkeeper Ismail Watenga is training with Marumo Gallants and is set to join on a season-long loan from Mamelodi Sundowns,” a Twitter post on FARPost_ZA‘s account read before adding.
“The 27-year-old played a friendly match against his parent club over the weekend,” the post further read.
During his visit to KCCA FC in June 2022, Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena told this website that they value Watenga and he has always been part of their plans.
“We like Watenga so much and we have tried to invest in him. We sent him out to Chippa to get more playing time,” Rulani told www.football256.com.
“He started reasonably well but unfortunately, he did not get much playing time towards the end but I believe that was due to the change of coaches at Chippa which disturbed his momentum a little bit.”
“Watenga is a very good goalkeeper with very good attributes, his agility is excellent, his speed and shot-stopping are very good and maybe he only needs to improve when it comes to build-up play,” he added.
At the end of his suggested loan to Marumo Gallants, Watenga’s three-year contract will be left with only a year.
As Watenga is set for a second loan spell, it is worthy noting that his compatriot Denis Onyango also had loan spells.
Onyango had loan stints at both Mpumelanga Black Aces and Bidvest Wits in 2011 and 2013 respectively.