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Motlohi wanted a young player over Maluleka

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Charles Motlohi isn't convinced that signing George Maluleka from Kaizer Chiefs is a wise decision.

Motlohi admits Maluleka is a talented player, but at the age of 31 he is likely already on the decline, and bringing a younger player through may have been more prudent for Masandawana over the long term.

The retired Sundowns player reckons giving Tiyani Mabunda more playing time would have been preferable.

"I don't have a problem with Maluleka, he's a good player. However, I have a problem with his age. We already have older players but the club has just signed another player who is 31-years-old," Motlohi told Isolezwe.

"The likes of Mabunda are not playing, they are waiting for their chances. Where are the young players from our development structures? When are we going to promote them?

"I think we need a young player, someone that will learn from the experienced players. But we seem to want to let them go and buy them later as we did with Keegan Dolly.

"I think Pitso wants to have George for the Champions League but in my opinion, Maluleka is old, that will make it difficult for him to play for Sundowns.

"We always buy players but we have a development academy that is working."