Nthethe: Sundowns miss Schut
Posted: 21 August 2015 Time: 14:03
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thabo Nthethe admits the team is already missing former captain Alje Schut.
The Brazilians have once again made a slow start to the season after playing to a disappointing goalless draw away to Platinum Stars in the opening round of the Absa Premiership.
A penalty-shootout defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 Cup followed where Schut's experience and aerial prowess were desperately missed as Pitso Mosimane's men threw away a 1-nil lead at the death to see the game head into extra time.
Although it's still early in the season, Nthethe says they already miss the Dutchman.
"Yes, I think so," the former Bloemfontein Celtic defender said when asked if Schut is being missed.
"I mean he's a kind of player you will miss because of the leadership qualities he has.
"We saw it when we started our pre-season because some things we couldn't deal with them but if he was here, it was going to be easier for us.
"We'll miss him but this is football and we'll lose players. He decided to quit so we have to move on."
The 30-year-old added that he will have to raise his game to fill in the gap left by Schut.
"I think the record of our former captain speaks for itself, he is a top player because he was scoring.
"He clicked with Teko Modise from free kicks and for me to step in, I have to work harder than I did before, I have to step my game up even higher."
However, new captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele disagreed with the notion that Schut's departure is already being felt at the heart of defence.
"No, I don't think we do [miss Schut]," he said.
"We started the same last season and he was in the team. I don't think it's a matter of Alje, he was a good player. Last season there are games we played without him so I don't think it's an Alje story."