After spending some time training with Mamelodi Sundowns last year, news circulated all over that Ugandan goalkeeper Ismail Watenga was due to join the South African giants on a three-year contract.
Watenga had left Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka midway the 2019/20 season before relocating to South Africa where he started training with his compatriot Denis Onyango at Mamelodi.
However, it looked like the deal did not mature and instead the 25-year-old joined Chippa United on a one-and-a-half-year-contract.
Given that the former Vipers SC player joined the Chilli Boys as a free agent simply evidenced that there was no deal between Mamelodi and Chippa.
But with the deeper details of his contract with the Chilli Boys other than the duration of the contact also not relayed anywhere, truth has now been relieved that Mamelodi have a right on him.
According to South African news agency Soccer Laduma, there is an agreement between Mamelodi and Chippa for Watenga to return to Downs later on in his career though it was not initially disclosed.
“Watenga is the goalkeeper from Uganda and he was with Sundowns but went to Chippa United. Sundowns have a right on the player but I would not want to comment any further about it,” a source told Soccer Laduma.
Since joining Chippa, Watenga has been playing as second fiddle to Ayanda Mtshali the first-choice goalkeeper.
On whether he goes back to Memelodi after his 19 months at Chippa, it is a matter of busting our noses on the ground and see what happens next.
With Onyango aging and nearly in the final bend of his career, Watenga is one of the goalkeepers tipped to succeed him in the Uganda Cranes goal. It would therefore be more pleasing if he replaced him and followed his footsteps even at Mamelodi.