Hard work really does pay off…
And Mamelodi Sundowns striker Ali Meza can attest to that after coach Pitso Mosimane’s U-turn on the Venezuelan, who was expected to leave the club – or at least go out on loan – prior to the start of the 2019/20 season.
The 28-year-old tried his luck at Maritzburg United but coach Eric Tinkler didn’t seem prepared to take a risk on a player that had spent the majority of the previous season watching Sundowns from the stands.
Tinkler has instead asked for Jeremy Brockie on loan.
Asked by the media today how Meza got back in his good books, Downs coach Mosimane suggested the player doubled his efforts.
“He has been running, playing games and scoring goals in Botswana and Mbombela (during pre-season) – he has been good and done very well. We take it from there. And so has Keletso (Makgalwa, also expected to go out on loan but remained at the club, though he is currently injured) and we take it from there,” the coach explained.
Meza made his first start in the midweek defeat to SuperSport United in the MTN8 second leg semifinal and could be in line to keep his place, coincidentally, against Maritzburg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow evening.