Mosimane says Mushekwi, Mwanjali still part of the team

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said early this week that two former Warriors players - striker Nyasha Mushekwi and fullback Method Mwanjali, remained in his team’s plans for this season.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

This follows recent media reports based on rumours that the two were on their way out of the side that defends the league and plays in the CAF Champions League later this season.

Mosimane told The Zimbabwean early this week that the two stars, who spent most of last season on loan elsewhere, were still important members of the Pretoria-based side. “I am very happy to have them back in the team because I value them so much as an integral part of Sundowns. That is why the club still pays them and very soon we could start using them again,” said the former South African national team coach.

“They will keep practicing with the rest of the team and once we are happy with their match fitness, we will start using them. People must not believe these unfounded rumours based on hearsay.”

Mwanjali, who had a good stay on loan at Mpumalanga Black Aces last season and ended as that team’s captain, is training with his Sundowns teammates, while Mushekwi – who spent last season in Belgium, is still out injured. Mushekwi sustained the long-term knee injury while still playing for the Belgian top flight team, KV Oostende, where he was loaned last season.

“People can exaggerate and say whatever they want, but we will not be bothered by those rumours. Mwanjali and Mushekwi are our players and they are happy and enjoying being part of the league champions,” said club spokesman, Thulani Thuswa.

“Mushekwi is also still busy sorting out his work papers, as he now qualifies to be a South African citizen. As soon as everything is sorted and he heals, you will see him in the team again.”

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