Mngqithi – More Downs Signings This Month

January 19, 2022

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed that Masandawana are not done with business in the current transfer window.

Masandawana top the domestic league table with 14 points ahead of the second-placed Orlando Pirates and were drawn with Al Ahly and two Sudanese giants, Al Hilal and Al Merrikh in the CAF Champions League group stages.

The Tshwane giants have already acquired the services of the dribbling-wizard, Surprise Ralani from Cape Town City, and have been linked with Bolivian international player, Erwin Mario Saavedra.

Mngqithi, though, insists they are not done with business this month and have to boost the squad to prepare for the second half of the DStv Premiership, Africa club’s elite tournament as well as the Nedbank Cup.

“To be honest, I don’t think we are done. Because we really need to look at ourselves and see exactly where we fell short last time, and try to beef up here and there,” he told Thomas Mlambo on Ultimate Sports Show.

“There are many positions that as Sundowns we still believe we can do better, in as much as we have done well. But now, if I give you a team start, will possibly surprise you.

“Already this year we have played 30 matches in ± four months, which is already a season for many other players, and now we are expected to play another 27 matches, if we were to go to the final of the Champions League, go to the final of Nedbank Cup—with the league matches as well in that space.

“And those 27 matches are expected to be played within a period of three-and-a-half months and that’s very, very difficult for the team and people sometimes look at it and make a mistake of thinking we are just signing for signing, but in essence we are actually having two seasons in one season, if you look at the number of matches that we are playing. The squad is not as big as people always make it to look like from a distance.”

The Downs mentor has also stated that they will bring more players to fill up the gaps, since some players are injured and others are still young and being developed to feature regularly.

“We only had 34 players in the first half of the season and among those players we have four goalkeepers which means we had 30 players and out of those 30 players we still have youngsters like Promise Mkhuma, Pule Maraisane that we are still building up,” added Mngqithi.

“We still have Sifiso Ngobeni who started playing and showing good signs, but the truth of the matter is we don’t have squad like everybody thinks we are having because we also want to make sure that our training is in good level of intensity.

“But we also need the numbers because we were crumbling at some stage towards the dying stage of the first half because we lost some players due to Covid-19, due to injuries, currently we don’t have (Thabiso) Kutumela, (Grant) Kekana within the group, so that should tell you that we know we have a bigger responsibility than many other teams, which is why we always have to look at trying to beef up where there is necessary.”

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