Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso
Mosimane has explained why he doesn't want a big squad, claiming that keeping
too many players can poison the dressing room atmosphere.
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In order to compensate for any depth lost
by loaning out or selling players, Mosimane has said he likes to have versatile
footballers in his squad.
"I've dealt with the issues of
numbers. Everybody says Sundowns has a lot of players. We are less. At this
point in time, we have about 24 or 25. And it's good if it's like that because
you can manage it," Mosimane said, according to KickOff website.
"The challenge is to have people
playing in different positions. That's why I like players who can play in more
than one position. If you have 32 [players], then they become unhappy -- the
camp, the mood. You don't have a remedy for that. When you have a lot of
players it's not good.
"And how do you train them if you have
40 players? You'd need three pitches to achieve the physical demands. Sometimes
you have to play a full game, that's 20, plus two goalkeepers. What about the
others? It also means you must have more coaches."
Mosimane also explained why ideally, he
does not want to rotate his squad too often.
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"When you change the team, sometimes
it becomes a different team. It's not as effective as (the regular team),"
"When (Lionel) Messi is on the pitch
for Barcelona, they have a good chance to win. When (Cristiano) Ronaldo is on
the pitch, his team has more chance to win. It's not the same, so that's the
Sundowns are set to host Togo-Port in the
CAF Champions League on Friday, having beaten Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in the
inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup.