- Brazilians coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes people are out to ruin George Maluleka's career.
- The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder made his debut for Masandawana on Saturday against his former employees.
- Sundowns are back in action on Wednesday against TTM.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes people are trying to tarnish midfielder George Maluleka's career.
The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder joined the Chloorkop giants in July after inking a pre-contract with the Brazilians in January.
After 10 months, the midfielder finally made his debut on Saturday against his former employees in a 3-0 victory.
Maluleka came on in the second half and won a penalty in the final minutes of the game, with Themba Zwane then slotting the third goal of the contest.
Speaking to the media after the match, Mngqithi set the record straight regarding the rumours and hopes that people will eventually get to witness the best of Maluleka.
"Just maybe to clarify this rumour because this rumour was just unfounded," said Mngqithi.
"It's people who are trying to kill somebody else's career because I was also very straightforward even in the previous match that he is in our plans.
"We know what he is capable of. Even when he came in today, we knew what we expected from him."
Mngqithi added that he was impressed by Maluleka as the midfielder made his official debut for Masandawana.
"We wanted him to drive in a little bit and assist us in keeping possession. We also know that he has a very good pass to try and find faces behind the defence because we could see at that time both (Daniel) Cardoso and (Ramahlwe) Mphahlele were climbing high up at a certain point," he said.
"They played with almost a three in defence pushing both (Leonardo) Castro and Khama (Billiat) up top. And we wanted somebody that can easily deliver the same pass that Hlompho (Kekana) can deliver in that space because we wanted to see if we can’t get anything on the counterattack.
"I was very impressed to see him go as far as getting the penalty in the box which for me was very encouraging because I've been telling him that more than anything else his game is short of those incisive moments shots at goals, scoring goals and all that.
Mngqithi added: "I was very encouraged with what I saw. I know what the boy is capable of, I don't think a lot of people give him the respect that he deserves but I want to believe before long people will be in a better position to know what George is capable of."
Sundowns are back in action against Premiership new-boys Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.