Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane explains the challenge he has to rebuild his squad
Posted: 21 January 2018 Time: 19:00
Pitso Mosimane has a tough challenge of rebuilding Mamelodi Sundowns and making sure that they win while they are at it.
Sundowns brought in four new players in the transfer window – Jeremy Brockie, Gaston Sirino, Aubrey Ngoma and Siyabonga Zulu – to make sure they have replacements for when players leave.
In recent years Mosimane has lost some key personnel in the shape of Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Mzikayise Mashaba and Colombian Leonardo Castro, while the likes of Thabo Nthethe, Asavela Mbekile and star man Khama Billiat are expected to leave in the near future.
This is why Mosimane is focused on rebuilding his squad and he feels the new additions will play a key role for the team going forward, especially in the CAF Champions League, which Sundowns want to reclaim after being knocked out in the quarterfinals last year.
Sundowns have a lead of four points at the top of the Absa Premiership standings after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Platinum Stars on Saturday night.
“We are here for the long haul and it’s very important that we do not miss a step in regenerating and strengthening the team. I think everybody knows that we have lost the 'CBD' [Castro, Billiat and Dolly], so what do we do? We have to try form something different and get another combination as quick as possible,” Mosimane says.
“I have seen a lot of teams in South Africa and overseas, Inter Milan, Liverpool, that go through the process of rebuilding. The biggest task is rebuilding and winning at the same time. We have seen teams reaching their peak and not coming back quicker.
“We need to rebuild the team of Mamelodi Sundowns and I feel sorry for our supporters. We might be on top of the log, but we are not really free flowing as we are supposed to in terms of results. We need to bring in other players and getting the combinations takes time. We are in that process, but the challenge in football is that when you do that you need to be sitting on top of the log, which is very difficult to do. Not too many teams can do that. We always look ahead. The players we want next year we already know them.”