Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has highlighted the progress being made by two of their recent signings as they negotiate their way through breaking into the first team.
Sundowns added weight to their left flank options by bringing the pair of Sifiso and Pule Maraisane.
Ngobeni plays a left-back and was brought in at the beginning of the season from the now-defunct Bloemfontein Celtic to fulfil his childhood dream as a kid who grew up in Mamelodi but is yet to play this term.
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Maraisane is also yet to feature for Sundowns since his return from a loan spell at GladAfrica Championship club Cape Town All Stars where he had been moved after signing to after his loan at the beginning of the year.
"I will try to be as objective as possible in answering that question. I think Pule Maraisane and Sifiso Ngobeni are as close as any other player that has not played for Sundowns this year because they are training very well and looking very good while giving their best shots.
"And we don’t only have them so I would not like to polarise just the two of them because there are other players that have worked very hard, and I also believe they deserve to be mentioned about where are they because their contribution has been immense. Just a few games ago Vila (Sibusiso Vilakazi) had not played a match for us, but he has now played and has done well.
"There are a lot of players that we would like to give the opportunity and are very close to playing. At Sundowns anybody can get a chance to play, and the good thing is that physically they are all looking in good shape," says Manqoba Mngqithi, the Sundowns co-coach speaking the DStv Premiership coach of the month awards ceremony during which he dedicated the gong they won along with Rulani Mokwena to the club.
"We are just recipients of the awards, but the truth of the matter is that this is a collective reward. Without everyone else surrounding us, it cannot be the same. A big club like Mamelodi Sundowns cannot tick just because of one person but because of a collective that is working towards one goal and that one goal," he says.