Ntokozo Gumede
Football Writer
2 minute read
1 Feb 2021
4:30 pm

Sundowns co-coach Mokwena says ‘no’ to squad rotation

Ntokozo Gumede

“We don’t have a standing principle in relation to squad rotation," said Mokwena.

Rulani Mokwena says Mamelodi Sundowns have done their due diligence on TP Mazembe (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Those less used players at Mamelodi Sundowns who were lining up with the hope to be selected for the Nedbank Cup last-32 tie against Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday afternoon, will be disappointed when they learn that their coaches are not planning on giving them a chance to get some game time, as it has become a norm for teams to field a weakened side in cup ties, especially those in the nature of the Nedbank Cup.

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“We don’t have a standing principle in relation to squad rotation. I think at this moment in time, one of the most important things for us and even most teams is that we need a little bit more consistency with the line-ups so that the team cohesion can improve,” said Downs coach head coach Rhulani Mokwena.

“We are trying to have the same players in a couple of games to try and have consistency because the reality is, because of the circumstances we are in in relation to society is that we cannot have the same players on the pitch in consecutive matches.

“We will see how the squad presents itself because we have so much quality regarding its depth. Even though we may look to give opportunities to some players, the important thing is to continue building momentum and we continue to work towards improving our telepathy and try to develop what I term cohesive superiority,” he added.

Downs, like most teams, have been hit by lots of injuries and have been missing some players for health reasons.

Mokwena, however, is pleased with how everyone has contributed, with the side being No.1 on the DStv Premiership and hopes that the start to their Nedbank Cup title defence against Stellies will go according to plan.

“At this moment those who have been playing have not let us down, they have carried the team and we have to compliment the squad for that. With the squad that we have, it is a blessing with the depth that we have because we really don’t look at a playing model. We are moving towards creating a tactical culture and that is driven by game principles and they need to be carried by whoever is playing.”

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