Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Manqoba Mngqithi explained that the technical team is set to make important decisions over the coming days regarding the immediate futures of all the players at the club, including the new signings.
The Siya crew reported over the past few weeks that several players at Sundowns are being linked with an exit as the Brazilians look to make the necessary adjustments and changes to their squad to challenge in the 2020/21 campaign.
However, according to Mngqithi, the adjustments could also likely include any one of the club’s new signings, revealing that no spot in the team is guaranteed at this stage.
“To be honest, we are looking into it very closely but it would be premature of us to suggest the names at this stage because we only had two weeks of preparations and trying to satisfy ourselves and make sure that we don’t lose players that helped us. At the same time, we don’t keep players here for too long and they end up not getting opportunities anywhere else,” he told the media in a virtual MTN8 press conference on Thursday.
“So we are very conscious of this space and conscious of the challenges and demands that are expected of us but we are old enough to understand that we have a responsibility to society and we can not take other people’s jobs away and be selfish and keep them here when they are not going to play, and at times it happens to players that we are very fond of because you believe that they are good human beings and they have served you at times.
“So it’s always going to be a catch 22 but the biggest balance to strike is to make sure that we help people to find places to play immediately so that nobody feels disgruntled that we are keeping him here, but we don’t have any intentions of playing him.
“It’s going to be a tough one because with so many signings it makes it very hard and it also doesn’t guarantee the new signings that they will all stay because we have to look very closely into this and make sure that we satisfy ourselves.
“If we have to keep the player that was here at the expense of a player that was signed, so be it, but we have to do what is in the best interest of the club because at this stage what is more important is to get the machine rolling without trying to force people to adapt quickly when we know very well that we might have hiccups along the way.”
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