Sundowns brought in the likes of Lyle Lakay, Lebohang Maboe, Phakamani Mahlamabi, Mosa Lebusa, Reyaad Pieterse, Andile Jali, Jose Ali Meza and Toni Silva in the off-season, while Rivaldo Coetzee returned from a long injury lay-off to give Mosimane a selection headache.
Silva, though, has since left the club to join Egyptian outfit Al Ittihad.
“I think you know I am very predictable to you guys. I think you know when I am happy I don’t change the line-up. You can put the line-up on the day of the match without me giving you the team sheet. As long as I am still chopping and changing, it means I have not found the right combination and it’s a team in construction,” Mosimane says.
“You guys might be seeing sometimes we win and it creates an impression that we are there. No, you must look at me; if I don’t put the same line-up three times in a row, then it means I am just not happy, unless I am being forced by injuries. We’ll get there, we are not yet there. It’s the first year we have put this team together, with Ali Meza, Toni Silva did not work out, 'JB' [Jeremy Brockie] joined us [in January] when he came with Sirino, Aubrey Ngoma, Lebo [Maboe] is new into the team, Andile is new to the team, Riva is trying to find his footing. Mosa Lebusa is new, Reyaad Pieterse, Lyle Lakay. It’s a team in construction.”
Mosimane says he is likely to bring in one or two more players as he looks at the bigger picture.
“It will gel and we are still trying to get one or two players to get the team that I think should fight for the Champions League and fight against the big guns Al Ahly, Esperance, Wydad, Mazembe. We need to fight against those ones. These teams that I mentioned will always be in the group stages because you look at the movements. They are signing players for $4 million, it’s unbelievable.”