Having signed players who came with a huge reputation at Mamelodi Sundowns, coach Pitso Mosimane has explained why some of his new recruits are yet to make their mark at the club.
Mosimane signed Jeremy Brockie from neighbours SuperSport United, George Lebese from Kaizer Chiefs as well Aubrey Ngoma from Cape Town City.
However, the three players have not been regulars for the eight-time league champions, and Mosimane explained why the signings were used sparingly.
Speaking on SABC’s Soccer Zone on Monday night, the former African Coach of the Year said he had to consider the chemistry shared by his regular players and was not ready to break it.
The coach referred to players such as Themba Zwane, Percy Tau, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Khama Billiat whom he said have shared goals among themselves in the current term.
Lebese has played 14 matches in all competitions for the Brazilians and scored two goals. The New Zealand international is yet to score for the Tshwane side, while Ngoma has also failed to hit the ground running for the club.
Contrastingly, Sundowns January signing Gatson Sirino has done much better compared to the trio - he has played 15 matches in all competitions and has scored once.
“You don’t break the chemistry of the team. Lebese and Brockie are for next season. We signed them for next season,” said Mosimane.
“Zwane, Vila and Percy know each other; they know where the other is on the field. So, you don’t [want to] disturb it. Sirino is there, they gel. Why break it?” he asked.
“Brockie and Lebese are for next season they [will] play next season - you shouldn’t stress about signing players and having pressure to play them now, and try to put them in,” he concluded.
Although they have already secured the league title last weekend, the new arrivals can still score when they face Bloemfontein Celtic in their final match of the season on May 12 in Bloemfontein.
On the other hand, Ngoma, Lebese and Brockie will hope for game time as they will welcome reigning Caf Champions League winners in Wydad Casablanca this weekend.