Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits that he had to preserve some key players during the 3-0 victory over Chippa United on Tuesday.
Sundowns cruised to the win after Leonardo Castro, Teko Modise and Khama Billiat scored in the first half at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
With Sundowns comfortably in the lead in the Absa Premiership standings, Mosimane substituted pivotal players Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana to avoid injuries.
Cuthbert Malajila, Lebohang Mokoena and Tiyani Mabunda were brought on as replacements in the second-half for the trio.
"We had to save Khama, we had to save Keagan, we had to save Kekana...they are important players for us," Mosimane told KickOff.
"Everybody will get a chance, it's just a question of when. You have to wait in the queue. I'm happy Teko, Mbekile and Zwane played a full match, and I'm happy that Mabunda got a chance.
"He is such a good player, so underrated, and other teams think we want to pass Sugar to them?
"He's quality, but where is he going to play when Bongani Zungu is there, Kekana is there, Mbekile is there and Teko is there?
"He must understand, but it's okay...he's a loss to other teams and we will use him."