Returning duo not Pitso's priority
Posted: 7 July 2017 Time: 19:34
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says the returning duo of Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele are not in his immediate plans.
Malajila and Ngele are back with Sundowns following the end of their season-long loan spells at Bidvest Wits.
Mosimane states that he will only consider them towards the end of the month as they are both cup tied as they have already done duty for Wits in both CAF club competitions – the Champions League and Confederations Cup.
“You must also understand that they are not registered for CAF and I don’t have enough places for CAF,” responds Mosimane when asked about the pair.
“I only have three places to fill for CAF so the players that I am going to fill as the priority now are players who are not cup tied because I need to fill the three slots. The most important position that we want to fill is on the left and the player we targeted on the left is not cup tied and we approached the club and they said ‘no, we don’t sell’. We can’t do anything there.
“But Ngele and Malajila they are cup tied so what is the point of focusing on them now. Those ones we will make a decision on them in late July because August is somewhere around. Only those players who will help us in the Champions League and those that will help us in the top eight (are in the immediate plans).
"If you don’t bring better than what you have then why bring? Should it be because he is free? We have top eight which will be mixed with Champions League so we would like to have players that will make the team stronger and not give numbers. That is the thing and it is not easy. We are limited but we need quality."
The Brazilians close off their group stages campaign on Sunday against AS Vita and head off to a mini off-season after which they will resume with their programme with MTN8 commitments next month mixed with the start of the domestic league.
They will then play Champions League quarter-finals through the second and third weeks of September.