Ex-SAFPU slams Downs over Brockie


Former Mamelodi Sundowns player Simba Marumo has shared his thoughts on the club's decision to prevent Jeremy Brockie from playing against them.

Brockie is on loan to Maritzburg United from Sundowns, and the two teams face each other in an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday.

The New Zealand striker, however, will not be available for selection for the Team of Choice.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane even questioned whether it was true that Brockie would not be allowed to face them on Saturday, a fact his new club Maritzburg United have confirmed.

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Former South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) president Marumo understands Sundowns' policy and believes it gives them an advantage as they have many players who are out on loan.

"A player being on loan and competing against his original team will always do well to prove a point, most of these players tend to do well and beat Sundowns which is something I think they are trying to avoid," Marumo tells KickOff.com.

"I understand their decision but at the same time we lose something along the way, we need to look at this situation. Sundowns have deeper pockets so they have the ability to have many players on their books, so as a result they loan out many players who can't compete against them, which gives them an advantage."

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Marumo says as much as it is a good financial move for players to join Sundowns, it is unfair for them not to play against their parent club when they are on loan.

"Look, to buy players is a common thing that happens all over the world, and also to have players loaned out to other clubs is a common thing too that happens," he explains.

"It's a bit of a bittersweet situation because the player who was bought by Mamelodi Sundowns will be happy to play for a big club like Sundowns, he will make money and change his life."

"But at the end of the day, I think it would be nice if players could be able to play against Sundowns, even though they are their players playing for another team.

"It's not nice not to allow them to compete against them, it's one of those things you wish can be changed."  

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