Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane willing to spend big on teenage talent in the PSL
Posted: 6 September 2017 Time: 14:22
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says there is a 19-year-old in the PSL that he would pay “top dollar” for.
Mosimane did not want to name the player, but suggestions are that he is talking about 19-year-old Bidvest Wits attacker Phakamani Mahlambi.
The African champions are said to have enquired about Mahlambi on the final day of the transfer window last week. The Clever Boys, however, were unwilling to sell the player.
Even though Sundowns did well to sign top players such as Oupa Manyisa, Rivaldo Coetzee and George Lebese, Mosimane said there are players he missed out on during the transfer window. One of those, it seems, was Mahlambi who recently had a trial in Portugal with Bongani Zungu’s former club Vitoria Guimaraes.
Sundowns were ready to break the bank to sign the player, just as they did with Coetzee, who is said to have cost the seven-time league champions over R10 million.
“There are a lot of players we want and if it’s an 18-year-old or a 20-year-old, [we] don’t waste time. I missed another one who is below 21 and I would have paid top dollar. Almost,” Mosimane said.
“I won’t say his name, [but] I would pay top dollar. [He is] 19 years. [He has] speed, goals, [Ousmane] Dembele … you pay.”
Mosimane says he would still need to work on the youngster to make him a complete player.
“Okay I’d need one or two years to polish him, but when he’s shining he is bright. Khama [Billiat] came here raw. Same as Percy [Tau], I have to work on him. We have to be patient with [Motjeka] Madisha. Those are the ones. You can never go wrong.”
Some of the other players Sundowns missed out on during the transfer window are Aubrey Ngoma and Lebogang Manyama, who has moved to Turkey.