Phakamani Mahlambi joined Mamelodi Sundowns’ casualty list after scoring a brilliant goal against Chippa United in the Brazilians 2-1 loss to Chippa United on Saturday in the Nedbank Cup.
The Sundowns’ striker has a foot injury. He joins Andile Jali who has a dead leg and Thapelo Morena who is recovering from flu.
Wayne Arendse is recovering from his calf strain while Thela Ngobeni is still nursing his groin. These injuries will have an impact on the starting XI coach Pitso Mosimane will select on Tuesday night against AmaZulu at Loftus Versfeld.
The Brazilians also take on Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in the CAF Champions League on Friday which means that the technical team has to delicately manage the squad.
“You can’t not rest the players because if you don’t look after them, let’s say that Hlompho Kekana pulls a hamstring and Tiyani Mabunda is still out,” Mosimane said.
“Then you’ll have nothing. Ricardo Nascimento has a groin that gives him trouble. Thapelo had flu. Lebogang Maboe had to rest against Chippa, he’s been playing all the games. You can’t pull all your eggs in one basket. You also have to trust the other players. We trusted Sphelele Mkhulise and he did very well, what a player. We trusted Lucky Mohomi and he did well. Rivaldo Coetzee came on for Ricardo and he did exceptionally well.”
Even though Mosimane and the Brazilians were disappointed at being eliminated in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup, Jingles welcomed the relief this will give to the club’s hectic schedule.
“We’ve got the league on Tuesday,” Mosimane said. “We’ve got the games in hand that we must finish. And on Friday, which is just now, we are playing the top team from Abidjan. That game is a must-win, just like the Wydad Casablanca match. Tuesday is also a must-win. It’s going to be tough. We’ve been handling it well.”