Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane unfazed by injuries ahead of Cairo trip
njuries sustained by his players ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns’ trip to Egypt do not overly concern coach Pitso Mosimane.
The Brazilians mentor assessed a few of his stars who have been nursing niggling ailments as they went through their paces at Chloorkop on Wednesday afternoon before boarding a flight to Cairo for Sunday’s crucial African Champions League clash against Zamalek.
Star midfielder Keagan Dolly (flu)‚ maestro Khama Billiat (ankle) and captain Thabo Nthethe had not taken part in any of the team’s training on Monday and Tuesday.
“I’m happy to see Keagan here [after] we took him away for two days as he had flu‚” Mosimane said.
“Khama has not trained for two days as well‚ he got a knock to the ankle here [at training]‚ so it’s precautionary. Thabo Nthethe has not trained. I hope he’ll be ready today after he got a thigh muscle [injury].”
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Furthermore‚ the reigning Premier Soccer League champions are still awaiting the clearance of paperwork for their most recent signing‚ Brazilian-born defender Ricardo Nascimento‚ before the lanky backrower can be fielded.
“Ricardo’s paperwork has not been sorted – his work permit‚” the Downs coach confirmed.
Despite the setbacks Mosimane is confident that he will be travelling with a full-strength side‚ including the players who were rested due to injury this week.
“I’ll take them all‚” said Mosimane.
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An added smile on the coach’s face is the return of goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and midfielder Anthony Laffor‚ among others‚ from injury.
“It’s good that we have Anthony Laffor back and also Dennis Onyango‚” said the coach.
“Percy (Tau) comes in‚ so he takes one spot. The numbers [of the squad] are increasing a little bit.
“I think we are in a better position than last time [on the trip to Algeria to face ES Setif]. Last time we went there with another team. In Setif we did not have a team.
“This is not a time for complaining. If we have 11 players and three on the bench‚ we have to do the work.”
The Brazilians fly out from OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday night and will face Zamalek on Sunday night in Cairo.