• Mosimane: We have to offload players

    Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits he will be forced to offload several players from his squad following the recent spending spree at the club.

    The Brazilians look set to bring in around 10 new players with the likes George Maluleka and Lesedi Kapinga, Peter Shalulile, Hasheem Domingo, Ricardo Goss, Jody February, Grant Mangerman, Mothobi Mvala having already either signed or are close to joining Downs.

    Mosimane has been vocal of his attempts to rejuvenate his side over the last few months despite securing a historic treble last season.

    However, with all the incomings, the former Bafana Bafana coach admitted that he will have to sell a few players to try balance the squad.

    “I have given a list to the club on players we think should be offloaded. We have acquired about 50%, and I don’t know if this is the right word, of the players we wanted. I have to wait for the team to announce them,” the coach, speaking an event hosted by sponsors Hyundai to parade their trophies, explained.

    “And we have to offload players. You must understand that we are bringing the younger ones to support the senior players – sometimes it gives the perception that we are only taking out the old players. It’s not like that.”

    Mosimane argued the old guard remain the core of the team.

    “We need [Hlompho] Kekana, we need Denis [Onyango], these are senior players and they drive the team, it doesn’t mean now we say ‘Oh, how old are you, 31 or 32, 33, out!’ We don’t do that, but maybe if you’re at that age and you haven’t contributed, then yes,” he said.

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