On the much debated case of yesterday's Mamelodi Sundowns performance against Orlando Pirates, Pitso Mosimane was the centre of discussions. As one who supported his coaching career and expected him to succeed at Sundowns, obviously I'm concerned about certain aspects in the team's performance that are impeding its progress.
I will never hesitate to express my views that I believe can contribute to improvement and better results - and that doesn't apply to Sundowns only. It is a DISSERVICE to football if we do not make efforts to identify and correct those problems that prevent the game to continually improve its quality and attractiveness.
This responsibility is even more important when our contributions carry some educational value. Going back to Sundowns' issues, I think the statement made by Mosimane that the club is in the phase of 'building the team' must be corrected as it creates confusion among the supporters.
It is impossible to 'build' a team when the average age of players is 28. There are two options to produce a successful team, (1) by buying already good and experienced players and hoping that they will 'click' (adapt to a certain style) but with high risk and, (2) to develop young talent in the club tradition and playing mentality - no risk.
The second difficulty could be that the players acquired, although individually they are good value, could differ in mentality and playing styles as they are coming from clubs of different mentalities and systems.
In the case of Sundowns the process of 'building' the team should have considered young players such as BUHLE MKHWANAZI, DOCTOR MAMPURU, JABULANI SHONGWE, KEAGAN DOLLY, SAMUEL JULIES, SIYABULELA SHAI and few more.
At the age of 21-23 a player can still be marginally improved but this would never happen with players at the age of 28-30 or older. These aspects are more important than whatever else may need attention at Sundowns.