Sundowns set to welcome back former employee

 Kenneth Makhanya, a prominent figure in football administration, is set to return to Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of the upcoming season, marking a significant development in South African football circles. Previously serving as General Manager at Sundowns, Makhanya brings extensive experience garnered from roles at Black Leopards, the Motsepe Foundation, and most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of the Premier League of Eswatini.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 28: Mamelodi Sundowns players during the Mamelodi Sundowns media open day at Chloorkop on May 28, 2024 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Makhanya's decision to resign from the Premier League of Eswatini was prompted by an enticing opportunity back in South Africa, which he confirmed during a press conference in Mbabane. He expressed gratitude for his time at the PLE and cited the new role as an offer he couldn't refuse, signaling his return to familiar territory in the South African football landscape.

While initially linked to Sundowns, reports from Eswatini suggest Makhanya may instead join the Patrice Motsepe Foundation in a new capacity, although specifics remain undisclosed pending an official announcement. This potential move underscores Makhanya's versatility and influence in football administration, suggesting he will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the sport's development.

As he prepares to embark on this new chapter, Makhanya's return to South Africa is poised to inject fresh energy into the football community, particularly at Sundowns or potentially within the broader football development initiatives supported by the Motsepe Foundation. His experience and leadership are expected to contribute significantly to whichever role he assumes, reflecting his ongoing commitment to advancing football in the region.

Efforts to reach Makhanya for further comment were unsuccessful at the time of reporting, but anticipation is high regarding the impact of his imminent return to South African football and the specific contributions he will bring to his new position.

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