Pitso Mosimane: Having a big squad can be poisonous to team spirit

Pitso Mosimane: Having a big squad can be poisonous to team spirit

- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed why he doesn’t like to have a huge playing squad

- He said having a big squad can be poisonous to team spirit and created its own headaches during training

- Mosimane said he preferred to have versatile players in his team which compensated for any loss of players

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed that he prefers to have a small squad of around 25 players rather than a huge squad with 35-40 players. Mosimane said having a big squad could be poisonous for team spirit and led to other more tangible problems.

Mosimane said when a club had a big squad in which there were a number of players who did not get regular games, those players naturally became demotivated and their attitude could easily spill over to the rest of the team.

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He also added that having a squad of 40 plus players was a problem during training. Mosimane said when a coach had that many players he needed more space for training and could inevitably not give as much personal attention to each player as he would like.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mosimane said he preferred to have versatile players in his side which could and would negate the effects of losing, selling or loaning out of players.

The Sundowns coach also noted that he and his technical team always had backup plans to deal with the possible loss of any player. He said the team had been preparing for the loss of star strikers Percy Tau and Khama Billiat for a long time.

News24.com reported that Mosimane said his current squad which was made up of around 25 players was the rights size and was easily managed.

Mosimane said when a squad started getting to 35 to 45 players in size it needed more coaches and more general resources and inevitably focus would be lost somewhere along that journey.

Mosimane added that he was not the type of coach who easily made changes to a winning combination. He said sometimes changing someone in the team just for the sake of change just caused havoc and changed the way players gelled together.

Mosimane was speaking after his side successfully beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in the first-ever Shell Helix Ultra Cup which was held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Sundowns will host AS Port-Togo at home on Friday in the return leg of their CAF Champions’ League Group C encounter. Sundowns are currently anchored at the bottom of the group after losing to the same team last week.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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