Pitso Mosimane explains Mamelodi Sundowns player exits in January transfer window
Posted: 29 January 2018 Time: 16:45
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained the departures of a number of his players during the current transfer window.
Sundowns have brought in four new players and released a total of seven in the current transfer window.
Jeremy Brockie, Aubrey Ngoma, Gaston Sirino and Siyabonga Zulu have all joined The Brazilians, while Leonardo Castro and Kwanda Mngonyama have been sold to Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City respectively.
Meanwhile, Mogakolodi Ngele and Siyanda Zwane have followed teammates Yannick Zakri, Fares Hachi and Thela Ngobeni out the club on short-term loan deals until the end of the season.
Mosimane has explained that it was only fair for the club to allow those players the opportunity to get game-time elsewhere, as to avoid an “unhappy camp” at Chloorkop.
“You have to be honest, not to keep and hoard players. If the guy has to go get a chance to play somewhere, you have to ask yourself, ‘would you really play him tonight?’ said Mosimane.
“If you’re not going to play him tonight, and he’s not on the bench or doesn’t even make the 20-man squad, I think it’s only fair for us to also look after the welfare of the players and release them. They want to go and play also.
“SuperSport wanted Ngele. He was also part of the Brockie deal, but we didn’t want to say it. So, we agreed that we will do it.
“Siyanda Zwane went to Ajax to get game-time, because Anele [Ngcongca] is back. Thapelo [Morena] is there and Motjeka [Madisha] can also play right-back, so we can’t be keeping him.”
The 53-year-old tactician has not ruled out more exits, with striker Keletso Makgalwa possibly on his way out, but says he is happy with the current numbers in his squad.
“So, as I told you before, we would be releasing four or five, and we have just done that. We’ll see [if we release more]. I don’t like to keep big numbers,” he added.
“Sundowns has always been known for keeping a lot of players, but I like to have 24 or 25 – that’s good enough for us. When it goes to 30, players become disgruntled and you have an unhappy camp.
“So, it’s important to release. Unfortunately not many teams want to buy our players, that’s the problem we have. But we buy them, we spent money on them.”