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Notoane: Development before trophies

Posted: 15 September 2017 Time: 09:06

Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team coach David Notoane has stressed development is his priority rather than winning trophies.

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Sundowns - who won the MultiChoice Diski Challenge last season - recently promoted Thendo Mukumela and rising star Keletso Magalwa to the first team. They did the same with Modjeka Madisha in 2016/17 with the defender going on to become a regular under first team mentor Pitso Mosimane.

"It is part of our job. It's not only about winning trophies, but we're happy when we are winning trophies," said Notoane.

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"But the first priority is to develop. We've got Thendo Mukumela now going to the first team, we've got Keletso Magalwa and he's out injured and not part of the first team programme.

"As an academy we're happy with the process and these boys will probably take another two years to adapt and reach the level where we say they're ready for coach Pitso Mosimane."

Meanwhile, Notoane brushed off his side's 3-0 loss to Bloemfomtein Celtic in their first game of the new MDC season. His charges succumbed to a brace from Thabo Mile and strike from Kabelo Dlamini at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont last weekend.

"If you say it's wake up call it means I was sleeping and the reality is I wasn't sleeping," said Notoane, who had little time to prepare as he accompanied the South Africa U-20 side on a recent trip to England where Amajta competed in a three-nation tournament with the hosts and Brazil.

"Look, this is about preparation. It's about the changes we made in the team, bringing in young boys as indicated to give them experience and to measure where we are.

"But in terms of our academy programmes, this is reflection of our preparation. But this gives us a measure of what the boys are capable of and of course they're young boys. We've got to allow some of them the time to adapt to this level of competition," concluded Notoane, who is preparing for Sunday's MDC tie with Maritzburg United.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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