In a recent interview Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, justified the size of his squad as needing numbers in key positions to add depth in the team.
Mosimane even went as far as to attribute Orlando Pirates success in the CAF Champions League to a large squad which had three or four players competing for a single position.
Though I can somewhat understand Mosimane’s argument, that having players competing for a single position creates competition, in the case of Sundowns however its more like four to five players, and that's excluding the players on loan.
Pitso talks about numbers…I can almost put myself in a Sundowns player’s shoes. I’m sure those lads must walk around feeling like just another number.
One of the key principles Pitso is missing in having a manageable squad, is the man management factor. As a coach you can build personal relationships with players when you have a smaller squad. Something Pitso cannot do with 60 plus players in his book.