South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Mamelodi Sundowns have completed the signing of experienced Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca, announcing the completed move on transfer deadline day in the country.

The right-back will strengthen coach Pitso Mosimane’s team as the PSL champions face the challenges of defending their league title while fighting for supremacy in domestic and continental cup competitions.

The experienced 28-year-old joins the Tshwane side after leaving Belgian club Racing Genk, where he has played since 2007, aside from a loan spell at Troyes FC last season.

In total the Cape Town-born player made 223 appearances for Genk, scoring eight goals, while for the South African national team he has been a pillar of strength since making his debut in 2009, with 41 caps earned thus far.

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Former Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele completed a move to rivals Kaizer Chiefs during the transfer window, forcing The Brazilian to find a suitable replacement.

When it became known that Ngcongca was available and looking for a return to the South African top-flight, numerous clubs put forth offers, but ultimately Sundowns captured the South African international.