Mamelodi Sundowns have won the race to sign former Chelsea and Liverpool winger Toni Silva, beating Cape Town city to the 24year old’s signature.
He has reportedly signed a 3year contract with the Brazillians after deciding to dump Greek Super League club Levadiako where money seemed to be a problem according to coach Pitso Mosimane.
Speaking to TimesLive on Wednesday, Pitso Mosimane said ’’We got him from Greece‚ where he was playing. He had challenges there. You know the financial system in Greece‚ the economic situation there. He was never paid money and he decided he had to leave.’’
Silva who was born in Guinea-Bissau grew up in Portugal and played for several teams in Europe. ‘’He has a good youth programme,’’ Mosimane revealed.
His youth career includes playing for clubs such as Real Massamá (2006)and Benfica(2007) in Portugal before moving to England where he played for Chelsea in 2009 and Liverpool in 2011 alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling.
Between 2012 and 2013 he moved from various teams across England, featuring for clubs like Northampton Town, Barnsley and Dagenham & Redbridge.
In December 2013, he went on to join Belgian side CSKA Sofia until 2015 and moved to Turkish club Şanlıurfaspor where he made 7 appearances before returning to Portugal to join União Madeira in 2016.
It was on 9 September 2016, when he signed with Greek Super League club Levadiakos for an undisclosed fee until leaving the club in 2018.
His international career includes playing for the Portugal U17s, and U18s before switching to the Guinea Bissau and making his debut in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Zambia, wherein he scored his debut goal for the team.
Mosimane said the winger will add strength to the team particularly because of Khama Billiat’s potential move away from Downs.
“We have to revive him and make him fit. You also understand that we are losing Khama who has not renewed his contract‚ which ends in June, so we need to strengthen. He is 24 turning 25,’’ Mosimane said.

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