Category : Football | Posted on 2020-10-16 By : Mpendulo Sithole Image : Masandawana/Twitter
It seems like Mamelodi Sundowns joint-head coaches, Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena including Senior coach Steve Komphela, are still going to have a team selection headache for their 2020/21 campaign. This was confirmed by Mngqithi as he further explained that even their new signings might not have a space to play for ‘Masandawana’ this season.
Following a successful season for the Chloorkop-based outfit, as they managed to conclude it with a treble, Sundowns also signed about a dozen new players as means to maintain their competitiveness and success in the upcoming season. However, it seems like there won’t be enough space for some players to make their mark for ‘Masandawana’ as the three coaches still have to go through the team selection process.
Therefore, the three coaches will have to make the necessary adjustments and changes to their squad and it is more likely that some of the new arrivals don’t have a guaranteed spot for them to wear Sundowns colours in the new season, and that is according to Manqoba Mngqithi.
“To be honest, we are looking into it very closely but it would be premature of us to suggest the names at this stage because we only had two weeks of preparations and trying to satisfy ourselves and make sure that we don’t lose players that helped us,” Mngqithi explained during a virtual MTN8 media conference.
“At the same time, we don’t want to keep players here for too long and they end up not getting opportunities anywhere else, so we are very conscious of this space and conscious of the challenges and demands that are expected of us.”
“But we are old enough to understand that we have a responsibility to society and we can not take other people’s jobs away and be selfish and keep them here when they are not going to play, and at times it happens to players that we are very fond of because you believe that they are good human beings and they have served you at times.”
“So it’s always going to be a catch 22 but the biggest balance to strike is to make sure that we help people to find places to play immediately so that nobody feels disgruntled that we are keeping him here, but we don’t have any intentions of playing him.”
“If we have to keep a player that was here before at the expense of our new signing, then so be it, but our decision will accommodate the best interests of the club,” he concluded.
Sundowns will make their return to the new season with the MTN8 quarterfinals encounter against the competitive Bloemfontein Celtics side at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday (6 pm) and they have a mission to commence their season with a victory.