Sundowns to part ways with on loan players

2014-06-05 16:58

Premier League champions Mamelodi Sundowns are set to part ways with most of their players who were on loan to other clubs last season, director of football Mike Ntombela said in Joburg.

Only a select few of the players were part of the club’s future plans, he said today.

“Less than [the number of fingers on] my one hand,” he said.

Negotiations with a number of clubs about the services of the surplus players was in progress.

“We have been able to meet some of the players and have been following their progress while they were out on loan,” Ntombela said.

“I can’t state any names right now because we still have to speak with some of the guys. They should not be hearing from other people that they are not part of our plans.

“They are still our players and we want to respect them.”

High-profile players who were on loan from Sundowns last season included Nyasha Mushekwi, Richard Henyekane, Edward Manqele, Musa Nyatama and Themba Zwane.

Sundowns will begin their title defence at home to Maritzburg United on the weekend of August 8.

Specific dates and venues of the respective matches still have to be determined.

Before the league resumes, Sundowns head to north Africa to prepare for the Caf Champions League.

“The players are on a break and getting much-needed rest, but the team will meet once again and continue preparations for our local and continental obligations,” Ntombela said.

Sundowns had a proud record in the Premiership, winning three years in succession from 1998 to 2000. Before 2014, they also won twice in a row in 2006 and 2007 and want history to repeat itself next season.

Ntombela said that failing to defend their title would be a huge disappointment for a big club like Sundowns who had waited seven years for the trophy.

“A club of Sundowns’ calibre is always expected to win silverware. If you don’t, then there are serious repercussions. And people expect us to have something to show at the end of every season.”

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