Absa Premiership

Mngqithi: Sundowns should have cashed in on Billiat

2017-12-05 11:46
Pitso Mosimane and Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi is of the opinion that Khama Billiat should have been sold after winning the 2016 CAF Champions League. 

Billiat was amongst a couple of key performers in the Brazilians' successful African campaign last year and was subsequently linked with a move overseas. 

But nothing materialised and the Zimbabwean has battled to find the same kind of form in 2017.

He could also potentially leave the Pretoria club on a free transfer at the end of the season and Mngqithi feels the club erred in not selling the player when he was at the very top of his game.

In fact, the former Golden Arrows coach believes that in order to maintain the right energy levels in the team, several of Sundowns' top players should have been sold. 

"When players have won everything with you, and you have read the All Blacks book which is called The Legacy, the best thing to do is to let them go so that you can start afresh and rekindle the fire, the power, desire and hunger," he was quoted saying by The Star. 

"When you keeping the same team and hope to achieve the same outcomes, in most cases it doesn't work. 

"No matter how talented you are, you also need to work on your hunger level. because that's where better energy comes from. 

"When a player wants to win something, when a team wants something, there are better chances of winning even if you don't have a good talented team. If the team has got the desire and the belief that we want to win, their chances of winning are higher. 

"The same team that won us so many things it is the same team we are losing so many things with. Psychologically that should tell you something. 

"You can't have the team that win the Champions League, Super Cup, Premiership, Nedbank and the Telkom and suddenly that team can't even win a single trophy. You get what I'm saying," he added. 

Mngqithi reiterated that he feels the club has held on to some of their big players for too long.

"After winning the Champions League I would have sold Khama, I would have sold Themba and I would have sold my top players and started afresh. 

"Currently you are not going to sell them at the right price because they have not won anything, but if we sold them right after winning the Champions League we would have made better money.

"We got more than R28-million for Keagan Dolly. The value was very high. I would have let go of those players," he added.

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