Pitso: We are currently preparing the team for the future
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained that it was important for five of the club's six signings this transfer window to be 25 years of age or younger.
With a core team built around the likes of the ageing Hlompho Kekana, Ricardo Nascimento, Denis Onyango and Tebogo Langerman, Mosimane has explained that it was crucial that the club looked to the future.
Apart from 30-year-old George Maluleka - Lesedi Kapinga, Ricardo Goss, Gift Motupa, Haashim Domingo, Grant Margeman and Jody February are all 25 or younger as the Brazilians usher in a new era.
“We are currently preparing the team for the future, because of the age, most important players in the team like Kekana, Nascimento, Denis Onyango, Tebogo Langerman, are all over the age of 30,” Mosimane told the media.
“When it is over 30, you are not getting any younger and there is nobody over 30 who is improving, you are just declining, you can’t say that you were as quick as you were.
“So that’s the challenge that we have at Mamelodi Sundowns. These guys have won so many trophies with me and they are important for the team but you can’t work against time, when time is there, it is there.
“So we are trying to tap our resources at the MDC so they bring up the players and we have done that before.
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“And of course, to make sure that even when we buy and outsource players from other teams, we make sure that we need to be very careful with the age and then you maybe want to ask - what about George Maluleka, he is 30?
“But he is a special talent, special position, it does happen that we can sign a 30-year-old but the rest of the players that we have and those that we will announce later, the age group is below 25.”