• Mosimane: Ngele, Malajila are cup-tied

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reveals that returning pair Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele won’t feature in his immediate plans ahead of the Caf Champions League clash against AS Vita Club.

    Malajila and Ngele, who recently returned to Sundowns, spent the whole of last season on loan at Bidvest Wits, helping the Students claim their maiden Absa Premiership title under coach Gavin Hunt.

    Mosimane insists that he will make a decision on the pair at the end of the month as they have already played for the Clever Boys in the Caf competitions.

    “You must also understand that they are not registered for Caf and I don’t have enough places for Caf,” Mosimane said.

    “I only have three places to fill for Caf, so the players that I am going to fill as the priority now are players who are not cup-tied because I need to fill the three slots. The most important position that we want to fill is on the left and the player we targeted on the left is not cup-tied and we approached the club and they said ‘no, we don’t sell’.  We can’t do anything there.

    “But Ngele and Malajila, they are cup-tied so what is the point of focusing on them now. Those ones we will make a decision on them in late July, because August is somewhere around. Only those players who will help us in the Champions League and those that will help us in the top eight (are in the immediate plans).

    “If you don’t bring better than what you have, then why bring? Should it be because he is free? We have top eight, which will be mixed with Champions League so we would like to have players that will make the team stronger and not give numbers. That is the thing and it is not easy. We are limited, but we need quality.”

    Mamelodi Sundown are now set to take on AS Vita Club in their final Caf Champions League Group C encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

    Kick-off has been set for 19:00.

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