Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane put himself in Kaizer Chiefs shoes as he explained why releasing midfielder George Maluleka early was a bad idea.
Chiefs made a somewhat surprising decision when they parted ways with Maluleka in June, before the start of the resumption of the 2019/20 season in the bio-bubble, and release him early to join Sundowns, with whom he earlier penned a pre-contract.
While provision was made by FIFA for players whose contracts were expiring to sign a short-term extension amid the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Amakhosi opted not to retain the services of the 31-year-old despite him being a core player in the team.
Hypothetically speaking, Mosimane said he would have opted to keep 'Mido', knowing what he contributes to the make-up of their title-chasing team, if he was coaching The Glamour Boys.
"They said no. If I was a coach at Chiefs, I would keep him. Why not? But you must also [understand], sometimes it's beyond you as a coach, there are club owners," said 'Jingles'.
"You are employed, this is our club, we don't want him. If it's me, yes. I've done it at SuperSport, when Calvin Marlin signed for Sundowns but he played all the games.
"Bongani Zungu had already signed a pre-contract [with Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes] and he stayed with us.
"I mean, do you think a credible player like George Maluleka will score an own goal for us? No guys, these are professionals.
"It's like you [as a journalist], if you know you are leaving for another job and you're serving [your notice period], so you're not coming to work? Hayi, no, it doesn't work like that.
"So if he does that [gives less effort because he's leaving], then we also say, 'Hey, who did we sign here?' So, for me, I don't think it was that.
"But yes, George was important for set-pieces, even Lebogang Manyama. George was very important on that diamond shape that they have – him and Manyama [alongside each other], with Katsande sweeping behind them.
"So, it gave them really a big [headache]. Did they miss him in my opinion? Yes, I think so."