Mamelodi Sundowns‘ January transfer acquisition seems to be enjoying life in South Africa after he relocated from Bolivia to the rainbow nation. Masandawana spent millions on landing the player who’s understood to be one of the important members of his national team known as La Verde.
He was part of the squad that played against the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria in Copa America the previous year. Saavedra is still adapting to life in Mzansi and during the off-season, he took his time to have some nice experiences with wildlife. He posted pictures of himself, his partner and their little one in a place full of different animals.
What about life on the field?
Saavedra has encountered a little bit of adversity following the injury he picked up when Sundowns played with Al-Merrick in the CAF Champions League earlier this year. His coaches said they wouldn’t rush him to return to the field because they don’t want the injury to get worse but he must come back when he’s fully fit.
“He’s definitely going to play many matches for us. The injury that he got when we played Al-Hilal was taken for granted by all of us because we thought he was going to recover quickly but unfortunately it has taken a bit of time,” said his coach Manqoba Mngqithi as per the Citizen.
“We have time to prepare him properly because he came to us without an injury and we are optimistic that he is going to play many matches. Rest assured that we have got a very good player,” he added.
Saavedra reflects on his injury
With Saavedra having regained his fitness towards the end of the season and even got a few minutes to remind the Yellow Nation of what they can expect to see when the new season rolls around, he said “I am only hoping to start the next season in the best manner possible, together we can achieve new objectives that we didn’t get to achieve this season.”
Despite his limited game time, Saavedra was welcomed with open arms by the Masandawana faithful and the Bolivian international expressed his gratitude for all the support he has received during his time as a Brazilian: “Firstly I am really grateful for the support we have received from our fans, they have really given us massive amounts of support. As players, we really do need their support and we just urge them to not lose faith in us as we go for more championships.”