Lovers Mohlala: Sundowns brought in players who can fill the void

The former Brazilians left back spoke to Goal as he reflected on Sundowns' progress in the 2018/19 PSL season so far

With Mamelodi Sundowns seemingly struggling to find the back of the net, former defender Jethro Mohlala reckons the Brazilians will bounce back.

'Lovers' spoke to Goal on Saturday and said the likes of Ali Meza, Phakamani Mahlambi and Toni Silva will lead the club to greater heights.

“One thing I can point out about Sundowns is that even if they lose matches or are not doing well now, they will bounce back because the problem is they lost three strikers,” Mohlala told Goal.

“I mean you win the league and Caf Champions League and lose three key players (Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Percy Tau) in your attack, that is not going to make life easy for them, but some players need to gel and become comfortable,” he reacted.

Tau joined Brighton & Hove Albion in England while Castro and Billiat left to join Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

However, the former Bafana Bafana left back added that coach Pitso Mosimane has wisely beefed up his squad with great strikers in Meza, Silva and Mahlambi.

“You lost a player like Tau who is mobile and tricky to stop, but I can tell you they have brought in the same players who can fill that void – it's just a matter of time,” continued Mohlala.

“We know Mahlambi's quality, we have seen Meza and Silva, they can become the best again with these players and the supporters must not complain, I can say they must wait because Sundowns have the players to rise to the occasion and lift the club again,” urged the former Wits University left back.

“I think if one player can be comfortable in the likes of Meza and the new strikers, then things will fall into place, you know there's a culture at Downs where the supporters don't change their attitude towards the team even if they are not winning their games and that brings comfort to the players – I am sure the club will get back to winning ways,” noted the Alexandra-born legend.

“I think they (Meza, Silva, Mahlambi) will benefit from this Fifa break in working on the club's philosophy because everybody is now talking Sundowns and there is no attention on Chiefs and (Orlando) Pirates. I am hopeful they will bounce back and win things,” Mohlala concluded.

Although, the reigning PSL champions are out of this year's Caf Champions League and the MTN8 tournaments, they are yet to lose in the PSL so far.

They defeated Polokwane City, but drew against Amakhosi and Highlands Park in their first three matches and have five points.