Mass exodus of players expected at Sundowns

As Thursday’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) transfer deadline approaches, Mamelodi Sundowns coaches are working around the clock to finalize the list of players to be released by the club.

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While there could be one or two new faces expected at Downs, like the Moroccan defender Abdelmounaïm Boutouilco-coach Rulani Mokwena said fans should expect a rather massive exit from Chloorkop.

Players like Gift Motupa, Jody February, Kermit Erasmus, should be on Masandawana’s departure list.

“We would have liked our affairs to be settled now,” Mokwena said.

“The club will make an announcement in due course regarding ‘AB.’ to recruit others,” he added.

Sundowns’ latest signing, Terrence Mashego, already made his debut when he came off the bench against AmaZulu last Sunday, and Downs’ mentor reveals Mashego was never really among the rookies targeted.

“Left-back was not a position we thought we needed to strengthen at the start of the new season. But the reality is that when special players become available on the market you have to check if all the boxes are ticked and he ticks all boxes.

“Not necessarily because there is a decline in left back years but a special talent has become available in the market and it matches the style of play, methodology and personality. It also has the emotional connotation of Sundowns and Mamelodi,” the Sundowns manager said.

Terrence Mashego made his Sundowns debut against AmaZulu. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

“It then tells you that when that type of talent is available you have to go for it because then it becomes a talent that strengthens a rival and makes them stronger. We’re happy to have Terrence but we know we can’t have too many players and right now the biggest deal for Sundowns is how to cut the squad and who to let go.

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Mokwena added: “When you have way too many players it shows how much competition there is because every player wants to feel there is scope at that position, but when there are three or four players ahead of you in the pecking order, that can lead to demotivation and that leads to less competition on the training ground, and that means less intensity which affects the result because the performance then isn’t so good.