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Skudu Makudubela tops transfer wishlist of another East African champion

As the clock ticks down on Mahlatse ‘Skudu’ Makudubela’s contract with Tanzanian champions Young Africans, whispers of his next move are echoing across East Africa.

The skilful winger, who etched his name in history as the first South African footballer to grace the Tanzanian league, is drawing the keen eye of another regional powerhouse.

A year after his groundbreaking move, former Marumo Gallants and Orlando Pirates attacker Makudubela stands as a league champion with Yanga, the first league title of his career. The clock is ticking on his one-year stay, and the lack of news about a possible extension has only intensified speculation.


The pull of South Africa is strong, but whispers from inside Rwandan football circles suggest a different direction. An insider at APR FC discloses that Makudubela has caught the eye of the newly crowned champions of the Rwandan league.

Mahlatse ‘Skudu’ Makudubela of Young Africans
Mahlatse ‘Skudu’ Makudubela/Young Africans

The Rwandan connection dates back to January when Makudubela’s dazzling performance against APR FC in the Mapinduzi Cup, held in Zanzibar, left a lasting impression. “His talent is undeniable, especially as we gear up for the CAF Champions League. We’re keeping a close watch on his contract situation at Yanga,” a club insider said.

The prospect of gracing the continental stage once more, coupled with the possibility of another title in a new land, may prove irresistible for the 34-year-old. Yet, he remains a coveted asset, with two South African Premiership teams also vying for his signature.

As the transfer window looms, Makudubela stands at a crossroads. His next move could solidify his legacy, not just as a pioneer but as a league champion in two different East African countries. Meanwhile, Makudubela will be hoping Yanga could complete the double when they face Azam FC on June 2 in Arusha.

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