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Players off on international duty will hopefully return motivated says under fire coach

Beleaguered Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens is hoping his key players return from international duty this weekend with a new attitude to hope the side out of their current slump.

“Sometimes it’s a benefit to have a break. But in this break I will miss a lot of players because most of them will be away on international duty. We are one of the teams that has the most players who are on international duty,” he told reporters.

“You have to hope no one gets injured while they are away. But with the players we have in training we will work hard and make sure that everybody who is here is at least prepared. Hopefully the players who come back will come back motivated.”

Sundowns have Punch Masenamela, Teko Modise and Wayne Sandilands in the South Africa squad for the friendly matches in Poland and Kenya.

Esrom Nyandoro will captain Zimbabwe against Angola in the African Nations Cup qualifier in Luanda on Sunday and winger Elias ‘Dominquez’ Pelembe plays for Mozambique against Morocco.

Reserve goalkeeper Dennis Onyango is in action for Uganda as they seek to qualify for the Nations Cup finals in South Africa next year.

The Tshwane-based club are in a crisis of confidence with six losses in their last eight games. They are joint bottom of the Premier Soccer League standings with AmaZulu.

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