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Mamelodi Sundowns players greet the Kabo Yellow nation before a game. Image: Sundowns / Facebook

Warning: Mamelodi Sundowns’ Mngqithi says more signings are coming

Mamelodi Sundowns were never called ‘Signdowns’ for nothing! The club’s co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has assured fans more signings are coming this month.

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Mamelodi Sundowns players greet the Kabo Yellow nation before a game. Image: Sundowns / Facebook

This is Mamelodi Sundowns, the current best football club in the land, and they are set to unveil new signings this month.

CONFIRMED: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS COACH MGQITHI PROMISES MORE DEALS

Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed what should send a shiver down your spine if you support the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

So how and when did Mngqithi drop this big update?

The former Golden Arrows coach shared the news during a chat with the local journalist Thomas Mlambo live on the Ultimate Sports Show.

After scooping Surprise Ralani and with a splendid squad that is brimming with quality and class, the coach was asked if the champions are done signing in the January transfer window?

“To be honest, I don’t think we are done. Because we really need to look at ourselves and see exactly where we fell short last time, and try to beef up here and there,” the Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach said.

“There are many positions that as Sundowns we still believe we can do better, in as much as we have done well. But now, if I give you a team start, will possibly surprise you.

“Already this year we have played 30 matches in ± four months, which is already a season for many other players, and now we are expected to play another 27 matches, if we were to go to the final of the Champions League, go to the final of Nedbank Cup—with the league matches as well in that space,” he added.

“And those 27 matches are expected to be played within a period of three-and-a-half months and that’s very, very difficult for the team and people sometimes look at it and make a mistake of thinking we are just signing for signing, but in essence we are actually having two seasons in one season, if you look at the number of matches that we are playing. The squad is not as big as people always make it to look like from a distance.”

INJURIES AND YOUNGER PLAYERS ENCOURAGE MORE SIGNINGS

The soft-spoken, but elaborate explainer Manqoba added to reveal why the club needs to flex their financial muscles before the January transfer window shuts down.

“We only had 34 players in the first half of the season and among those players we have four goalkeepers which means we had 30 players and out of those 30 players we still have youngsters like Promise Mkhuma, Pule Maraisane that we are still building up,” added Mngqithi.

“We still have Sifiso Ngobeni who started playing and showing good signs, but the truth of the matter is we don’t have squad like everybody thinks we are having because we also want to make sure that our training is in good level of intensity.

“But we also need the numbers because we were crumbling at some stage towards the dying stage of the first half because we lost some players due to Covid-19, due to injuries, currently we don’t have (Thabiso) Kutumela, (Grant) Kekana within the group, so that should tell you that we know we have a bigger responsibility than many other teams, which is why we always have to look at trying to beef up where there is necessary, ” – Mamelodi Sundowns’ co-coach Mngqithi.

Meanwhile, Kabo Yellow will be back in action on 16 February as Chippa United visit Pretoria for DStv Premiership action.

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