SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed the departures of Ricardo Goss and Etiosa Ighodaro, as both players are set to return to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Goss will officially bid farewell to SuperSport in their match against Orlando Pirates on Saturday after two seasons with Matsatsantsa.

Goss, a KwaZulu-Natal native, joined Sundowns in 2020 on a five-year contract from Bidvest Wits before being loaned out to SuperSport. His contract with Sundowns extends until June 2028, but his future role at the club remains uncertain. 

With veteran goalkeeper Denis Onyango nearing retirement and both Jody February and Reyaad Pieterse vying for the starting spot, Sundowns’ goalkeeping situation is in flux. 

Additionally, Ismail Watenga, currently on loan at Golden Arrows, is expected to return for preseason unless another loan agreement is made.

Meanwhile, Hunt praised Nigerian striker Ighodaro, who spent the past season on loan at SuperSport. Despite the challenges of being frequently loaned out, Ighodaro has shown promise.

“He has got so much to offer, but the poor boy has been loaned all the time, so he doesn’t know whether he is coming or going sometimes. It’s always difficult for a player in that situation,” Hunt said. 

“But I told him that football takes care of things if you do the right things. He has scored some vital goals for us this year. He could have done better, of course. He has been injured a lot of time, and that’s been a problem for us. He goes back to Sundowns, together with Goss.”

SuperSport will face Orlando Pirates in their final DStv Premiership match of the season at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. SuperSport are aiming to secure fourth place, currently held by TS Galaxy, while Pirates are chasing a CAF Champions League spot. This match will not only be pivotal for the team standings but will also mark the end of an era for Goss and Ighodaro at SuperSport United.