Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane thinking about the future by bringing in younger players
Posted: 2 August 2018 Time: 10:30
It’s easy for Pitso Mosimane to rest on his laurels and believe in the squad that delivered Absa Premiership honours, but the Mamelodi Sundowns coach is not wired that way.
Mosimane, who has an ageing squad, has been busy in the market bringing in new players, most under the age of 25. And while many are questioning where these players will fit in at the club, the former Bafana Bafana coach is thinking about the future.
Musa Lebusa (25) has been signed from Ajax Cape Town and will give the side cover at left-back and in central defence. Lebusa, who captained the Urban Warriors last season, trained with Sundowns yesterday after completing his medical, but is unlikely to feature when the defending champions start their title defence against Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday (15h00).
Lyle Lakay (26), signed from Cape Town City, is seen as a successor at left-back for Tebogo Langerman, who is 32.
Sphelele Mkhulise (22), who played in the Shell Helix Cup against Chiefs, is expected to get first team opportunities this season after returning from a loan spell with National First Division side Richards Bay FC.
“We need to plan for the future while we are still using the senior players. We need to create the future for Sundowns,” Mosimane said.
“You must understand the age of Kekana, [Oupa] Manyisa, Ricardo [Nascimento], [Wayne] Arendse. That is why you can see that I am aggressive [in the market] on the younger ones. I don’t want to be caught up in a situation where it’s all old players.”
Mosimane has also signed Tristan Moses and Shungu Dutiro from Chiefs and Bidvest Wits respectively. Both players will play their football in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, but are seen as future first team stars. Mosimane is also looking for a goalkeeper who is under 23, because Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Razak Brimah are all over 30.
It’s all about the future now for Mosimane.