Pitso Mosimane, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach, opened up this week when asked why the Brazilians – out of character – have only made just one official signing, two if you count Nyiko Mobbie, who is going out on loan.
So far only Mauricio Affonso has been confirmed by the club as the new arrival at Chloorkop, while Mosimane has said that he is yet to even meet Mobbie, though adding that the right back will be moved elsewhere for game time.
“I know you guys are disappointed with the transfer market with us,” Mosimane said when quizzed by the Siya crew.
“The first season when I came to Sundowns I signed 11 players because I needed to change the team for the future. And we still struggled. Ever since that we are the quietest team in the transfer window – I have said that this thing of buying a lot of players is not the way. You need to buy what you need.”
Mosimane suggested he will only raid the market if he can improve his starting line-up this coming season.
“I have Themba Zwane, if I bring a player in that position, it has to be someone who is, minimum, the same quality or better. And it is very difficult to find that in the local market. So we are our own enemies because I have kept this team for the last five or six years, and it is the core. They have been there and – in my opinion – I am yet to see a player who plays there and can put them on the bench. If we don’t have that, why do we have to sign?” Mosimane concluded.