Pitso Backs New Players And Puts Faith In Sirino

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By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: Mosimane is busy restructuring his team following the departures of his trusted men Percy Tau and Khama Billiat from Chloorkop.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he is confident that the current crop of players he has to his disposal are competent enough to challenge for more silverware ahead of the 2018/2019 season. 
 
Mosimane is busy restructuring his team following the departures of his trusted men Percy Tau and Khama Billiat from Chloorkop. He has since recruited the services of Lyle Lakay for Cape Town City, Siphelele Mkhulise from the club’s youth ranks, Ali Meza and South American Toni Silva to fill the void left by the two-star players. 
 
“We have the personnel to compete. We just have to fit in a few guys in the way we play. We have to fit in Ali Meza and Toni Silva. Lyle Lakay came and fitted in nicely, along with the young Pitso (Siphelele Mkhulise) who has been with us. We don’t have many players because we don’t want to interfere too much with the squad because sometimes when you bring too many people you have to justify why you brought them and have to play them. 
 
“That’s the danger of bringing too many players, you have to play them and you might lose momentum. This team has been playing together. That’s why you find the free flow. But they will get better and be quicker with each passing game. We are only four weeks into our programme. We will get better. I am happy that we won last week and in the Champions League,” said Mosimane on the club’s website.
 
The 2016 CAF Coach of the year also went on to indicate his trust in Gaston Sirino whom he believes can be his talisman and carry the team going forward.  The Uruguayan slippery winger scored and assisted the second in their vital 2-1 win over Togo Port in the CAF Champions League on Friday.
 
“He must carry the team now. It’s his chance. That’s why we brought him here. This is the performance I went to see in Bolivia. He is capable of this. It’s good for him to give us confidence and hope,” he added.
 
The Brazilians will begin their league title defense against heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday 4 August 2018 at Loftus Versveld Stadium, kick off at 15h00.