He has come all the way from Uruguay and Peru to South Africa, and now Mauricio Affonso hopes to conquer Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 27-year-old striker made his debut for Masandawana at the weekend in a pre-season clash with TS Sporting in Nelspruit, which finished as a 1-1 draw.
Affonso, who hails from Uruguay, left Club Alianza Lima in Peru’s First Division to take on the challenge of playing for Sundowns, following in the footsteps of other South Americans such as Gaston Sirino, Ricardo Nascimento and Leonardo Castro.
“I am excited and I think I am adjusting well so far. The coach gave me 45 minutes, and I almost got a goal as well,” Affonso told the Sundowns website on Wednesday.
“What is important for me now is working on my fitness, but I feel I am well on my way there, because I never stopped training during the off-season.