Ndlanya: Don't blame Sundowns


Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker Pollen Ndlanya has weighed in on the five-substitutes rule and whether it favours Mamelodi Sundowns.

For the welfare of players and to get football running amid the Covid-19 complications, the PSL has adopted the rule proposed by football motherbody FIFA.

There is a feeling the five-substitutes rule favours teams like Sundowns who can afford bigger, stronger squads, and is a disadvantage to teams with smaller budgets.

The rule means teams can now change half of their starting line-up during a match, but Ndlanya feels Sundowns should not be blamed for this.

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"It will not only help Sundowns but other teams as well, remember the three substitutions disadvantaged other players when it came to getting a chance," Ndlanya tells KickOff.com.

"Who's problem is that? It shouldn't be Sundowns' problem. Sundowns is trying to improve our game by buying quality players... so they must copy Sundowns.

"Yes, it puts Sundowns at an advantage but as I was saying to you, Sundowns is trying to improve our game you see. Yes I think it works to their advantage but at the same time the other teams must improve to take our football forward... we shouldn't blame Sundowns honestly."

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