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Polokwane City coach Bernard Molekwa explains Thobani Mncwango absence

Posted: 20 October 2017 Time: 19:45

Polokwane City coach Bernard Molekwa insists there is nothing untoward behind Thobani Mncwango's lack of game-time.

Mncwango, who bagged 13 Premiership goals in 2015/16, has only played twice this campaign - in the MTN8 quarter-final loss to Cape Town City and in a league draw with Baroka in August.

The 29-year-old was frozen out of the team last term following a failed move to Orlando Pirates, with former coach Luc Eymael wanting to pick the player but being overruled by club management prior to his resignation.

Molekwa maintains he picks his players based on their performance in training.

“Obviously we got 30 players and the player who does well at training he gets selected, you understand,” said Molekwa, whose men ended a five-game winless run with a 3-2 victory at AmaZulu in midweek.

“Obviously I select according to what they do at training. Players put their hands up at training and whoever does well then I pick him. I don’t pick because of the name, it is because of the performance at training.

“Obviously he’s working hard, but at the moment I cannot just dismantle the team to give an opportunity just because it's Mncwango. He has to work his socks off to put himself in the team.”

He added: “He might have gone backwards in the last six months. It’s not only him. There are players that haven’t been playing but they came to the party and they’re playing. So it is up to him to say ‘I’m ready and I want to play’. Then if he’s ready I’ll pick him to play.”

Mncwango is contracted to Rise and Shine until the end of the season.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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