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Mamelodi Sundowns adamant on retaining Botswana midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele

Posted: 14 July 2016 Time: 15:51

Mamelodi Sundowns are reluctant to release out of favour midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele with Pitso Mosimane advising he waits for his chance.

Ngele has battled to break through at Sundowns, spending most of his time as a shadow to Khama Billiat, which has prompted his representatives to request that he be loaned out for more game time.

"Ngele is very much a member of Mamelodi Sundowns. His agent has spoken to us about the boy’s desire to get some game time, and that is something that we respect as a club," said club CEO Sizwe Nzimande.

"But once again, this will be a discussion between Ngele and the technical team, and once they feel that maybe we can let him go out on loan we will look at that [option]."

Nzimande further explains that The Brazilains' main concern is the fact that the Botswana international has been registered for their ongoing CAF Champions League campaign, and his exit would leave the club in a precarious position.

"However, it is not a straight forward decision because you have to remember that Ngele is also registered for the Champions League and we are in a position where we only have four registration slots remaining," he adds.

"What happens when something then happens and we get caught in a situation where we have lent out a player to another club for 12 months and now we are a player short?

"So it is a tricky space now, when you are playing Champions League this is the part of football where you really have to make sure that you make the right decisions."

Downs are currently in North Africa, where they are preparing to face Egyptian giants Zamalek in their second group B encounter in Cairo on Sunday evening.

Mosimane maintains that he cannot be responding to sentiments of agents but feels Ngele has to understand that he has to wait for his turn.

“It is the agent who speaks [about Ngele wanting to leave] but I don’t like to speak about it because I have a match coming up," explains 'Jingles'.

"I saw him at training [on Tuesday] and I also saw him at training two days ago [Monday] looking sharp and focused. If there is an issue he needs to come and say, 'coach I have this issue.'

"Imagine now if I am going to confront players because of agents? Agents can say whatever they want to say, I will be concerned if he is not training or if he is sloppy at training, then we should talk about it.

"For now he is here and he hasn’t said anything to me, and I don’t want to open the chapter until he opens the chapter. What for?"

Article by: Lovemore Moyo
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