Despite signing 13 players during this transfer window, the Mamelodi Sundowns technical team is taking its time before throwing most of them into the starting line-up.
The Brazilians have played two games in the new season after their shopping spree but only three new players – Peter Shalulile, Kermit Erasmus and Hashim Domingo – have been in the starting line-up.
George Maluleka, Aubrey Modiba and Khuliso Mudau have made an appearance from the bench, while the rest are yet to feature.
It appears the coaches will stick with the core players who won the league, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup last season.
Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi said most of the new players are not yet ready to be thrown in the deep end.
“We are trying our best to help them integrate but the process takes longer. It’s important that we don’t rush and bring them in one by one. The attitude and spirit has really been encouraging,” Mngqithi said. “When our results are consolidated, we’ll try to give them a chance. Shalulile, Kermit and Domingo have had a chance but there are others who haven’t got a chance and we are hoping to do so in time.”
The other new arrivals who have not featured yet are Lesedi Kapinga, Jody February, Gift Motupa, Ricardo Goss, Mothobi Mvala, and Grant Magerman.
Sundowns take on newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership fixture at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night.
TTM also have a host of new players who are yet to feature in their games.
Mngqithi said TTM posed a challenging proposition for his coaching staff. “Over the past two matches, they have played different line-ups. They are bringing in new players. They don’t have too many patterns where you know what they will do when they build from the back, in transition. Most of their play is off the cuff because the coach [Joel Masutha] and players are still new.”
(all matches kick off at 7.30pm)
- Mamelodi Sundowns vs Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (Loftus Verfeld)
- Swallows FC vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Dobsonville Stadium)
- Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch (Orlando Stadium)
- Maritzburg United vs Cape Town City (Harry Gwala Stadium)
- TS Galaxy vs AmaZulu (Mbombela Stadium)
- Golden Arrows vs SuperSport United (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium)