An extensive medical report on Mamelodi Sundowns’ injured players has been provided, shedding some light on why our bench in Seychelles was a bit thin.
To date seven players are still battling with niggling and long-term injuries and coach Pitso Mosimane hopes to have them back in action as soon as possible.
Phakamani Mahlambi has been recovering from an ankle injury that’s kept him out since he last played in our away game against Chippa United four weeks ago. The same goes for Anthony Laffor, though his knee injury set back dates back to last season already. The Liberian winger has started training alone and not with the team as yet.
Some good news, however, is that, while Thapelo Morena and Rivaldo Coetzee did not travel with the team to Seychelles for the first leg of the CAF Champions League first round against Cote d’Or Football Club on Saturday, the duo will rejoin the squad on Monday as they look to work back their fitness to be available for selection.
Emiliano Tade and the club’s most recent signing, Mauricio Affonso, also remain on the long injury list and have not started training as they continue with their rehab. As confirmed a while back by the club, young Keletso Makgalwa has begun his rehab following an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action for a minimum three months.
Furthermore, despite Aubrey Ngoma and Jose Ali Meza travelling with the team to Seychelles they are not eligible to play because they are not registered for the continental tournament. But the pair are available for Premier Soccer League matches.
Denis Onyango was rested by the technical team with Reyaad Pieterse taking his place between the goal posts on Saturday afternoon.