Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has spoken about the trouble his club has in securing their transfer targets, and admits he’s rushing to land three recruits by next week.
The Absa Premiership log leaders, who strengthened their grip on the summit following a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town last night, have bolstered their squad with the signing of Cape Town City’s Aubrey Ngoma in the current January transfer window, yet are still hoping to bring in three more players, according to their coach.
However, CAF’s player registration deadline of Monday, 15 January is looming, with ‘Jingles’ admitting it will be a rush to land his targets this week to ensure their availability for the club’s 2018 Champions League campaign, especially considering the reputation of the Tshwane giants.
“We are rushing – it is going to be difficult‚” he said.
“You know when Sundowns have to buy‚ the price is different‚ hey? So that is what we are fighting.
“Ajax can tell you about the good cheques they got from us for Khama [Billiat]‚ Keagan [Dolly] and Rivaldo [Coetzee].
“So it is a bit different for us‚ it’s a bit costly. But when you play Champions League‚ you trade in dollars. We played in the FIFA Club World Cup‚ you trade in dollars also‚ so it is give and take.
“Sometimes you complain it is expensive‚ but once you go to the group stages of the Champions League‚ it is a totally different game.”
While many feel Sundowns often steal the best talent in local football, Mosimane insists this is not the case, as he suffers the very same situation from overseas clubs who have started taking greater interest in his stars, forcing him to continue rebuilding his team.
“My problem now is that our players are being taken by Europe,” he said. “We strengthen the squad for Africa and it looks good, but once the team is settled – you remember the team that won 71 points, the Champions League, the Telkom, that ‘CBD’ team – where is it? It’s overseas now. It’s gone.
“So as much as people think Sundowns is taking from local clubs, I have people with Euros who come and take my players. It’s a conveyor belt, and I’m under stress every time to replace them.
“Bongani Zungu is gone – he was part of the team that won 71 points and won the league. So I’m building another team, and it’s not easy.”