Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained the reason defender Kwanda Mngonyama did not make it at Chloorkop.
Mngonyama recently completed a permanent move to Absa Premiership rivals Cape Town City, after four-and-a-half years of failing to earn a place at Sundowns.
The former junior national team captain was promoted from the club’s youth structures in August 2013, but has spent his first season on loan at Bidvest Wits before spending the next three on loan at Maritzburg United.
This season, he failed to earn another loan move away from The Brazilians, spending the first half of the campaign in limbo.
Upon finally being handed a lifeline by The Citizens, Mosimane has shed light on the reason the 24-year-old failed to make the grade under his tutelage.
“Kwanda is a very good player, very strong with a strong aerial presence but, in my opinion, with all those good attributes that he has, I believe there are other areas my centre-backs have that he is yet to mature enough to reach that level,” ‘Jingles’ explains to
“If you look at how [Motjeka] Madisha plays from the back, Ricardo [Nascimento] plays from the back, Bangaly [Soumahoro] plays from the back, even how Thabo Nthethe plays from the back.
“But he’s used to combats, and he’s very good at combats – probably even better than anyone we have here when it comes to combats.
“But we play the ball from the back and I don’t think his strength is related to our game model. It’s not to say that he’s not a good player.”
Mosimane also says he would have tried to coach Mngonyama, but his desire for game-time and subsequent loan spells never allowed him an opportunity to do so, while his Bafana Bafana call-up before the start of the season last year also hampered his chances.
“He’s been away all the time at other clubs, and he wants to play. There was a period when I could have spent time with him, but then he went to COSAFA with Bafana Bafana, so I couldn’t get him,” he added.
“Maybe I could have tried harder to see if I could do it, but I mean it’s the same as Pep [Guardiola] changing keepers, because he wants a different type of goalkeeper.
“Joe Hart is still good, but Joe Hart wants to kick the ball out – once you play it to him, he kicks it away quickly. So he doesn’t fit with the tactical play.”