Manyisa, Lebese set for Downs starts
Posted: 18 August 2017 Time: 13:34
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hinted new signings Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese could be amongst the starting XI against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Manyisa and Lebese made their Sundowns debuts as second-half substitutes against Maritzburg United in the MTN8 last weekend after joining from Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
And Mosimane said he was encouraged by the pair’s performances and that against Tshwane rivals SuperSport, he might be tempted to give his new recruits a chance from the start.
“They [Manyisa and Lebese] are capable of starting, they are quality. The problem is that we have set a bench mark, to say whoever we sign must have the capacity to start at Mamelodi Sundowns. When you do that, you are creating a lot of pressure on the club to sign [top] players,” said Mosimane.
“We got Oupa and Lebese, so they had to start from the bench and work their way into the team. It’s important not to jump the gun, but they showed that they fit in the team very well. When you bring in someone, he has to know the culture and fit in very well.”
Sundowns are in the process of registering new striker Thokozani Sekotlong after his signing was confirmed by the club on Thursday, with his Matsatsantsa debut potentially set to come this weekend.