Absa Premiership

Pitso hits out at teams courting players

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - As the Absa Premiership campaign beckons, teams remain in the search to add players to their squad with the transfer window still open.

One of those teams are Mamelodi Sundowns as they are eager to reclaim the title back from current champions Wits.

Head coach Pitso Mosimane finally admitted that the lethal combination of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly - famously known as 'CBD' - is "dismantled".

Dolly was sold to French Ligue 1 side Montpellier, while Billiat looks set on leaving Chloorkop before the close of the transfer window.

Mosimane and Sundowns surprised the football fraternity after signing Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese from Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.

The 53-year-old coach revealed that he is looking to add another striker to the club's ranks but also called out teams for approaching players with the clubs consent.

"In South Africa when you want somebody people say you are poaching‚ they write letters of complaint‚ they report you," Mosimane said as quoted by the SowetanLIVE website.

"Do you want to tell me Barca didn’t speak to (Philippe) Coutinho (of Liverpool) before they sought to take him?

"But here you get reported to the PSL‚ to FIFA. Come on... everyone talks to everyone.

"Are you telling me when Kaizer Chiefs wanted Rama (Ramahlwe Mphahlele) they never spoke to him before?" Mosimane continued.

"They spoke to him! It’s normal. If clubs do it to me‚ it’s OK. I can also do it. Gavin Hunt spoke to Pelembe before he went to Wits. But when I do it … really‚ let’s belong to world football."

Opening round of fixtures:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Wits v Cape Town City - 20:00

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

Polokwane City v Baroka - 15:00

SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns - 15:00

AmaZulu v Free State Stars 15:00

Orlando Pirates v Chippa United 18:00

Ajax Cape Town v Golden Arrows - 20:15

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

Platinum Stars v Maritzburg United - 15:00

Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs - 15:00

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