Mamelodi Sundowns striker Bonginkosi Ntuli is unsure if he is in Pitso Mosimane’s plans for 2016/17

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Ntuli spent the past season on loan at Platinum Stars, having also been farmed out to AmaZulu midway through the previous campaign.

The 25-year-old penned a three-year deal with Downs from Golden Arrows in 2014.

“According to his contract he is going back to Sundowns and he still has a contract with them,” Ntuli’s agent Mandla Mthembu tells KickOff.com.

“His loan spell ended at Platinum Stars and we don’t know what Mamelodi Sundowns’ intentions are regarding the player.”

The Brazilians are currently preparing for a CAF Champions League clash with Enyimba in Tshwane next week, while Ntuli is at home in Pietermaritzburg.

 

Teko Modise: Mamelodi Sundowns must keep Pitso

Teko Modise: Mamelodi Sundowns must keep Pitso

Teko Modise feels it is crucial Mamelodi Sundowns tie down the services of coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane guided Sundowns to Absa Premiership and Telkom Knockout honours in 2015/16, becoming the only coach to win every domestic title on offer in his career.

The Brazilians also remain active in the CAF Champions League, having opened their Group B campaign with a 2-0 win over ES Setif in Algeria this past weekend.

Modise believes the former Bafana Bafana boss has proven his value at Chloorkop.

“We all know what Pitso has achieved at Sundowns in a space of three to four years,” ‘The Navigator’ tellsKickOff.com.

“I think he has won four trophies. So I think the management knows that as much as everybody knows that. He is there at training every day. He is still as ambitious as ever and wants to win the Champions League.

“I think coach Pitso will be the same coach whether he stays or he doesn’t. It’s important for the team to keep him and it’s important for the team to keep the players that have been there last season so we can have continuity.”

ES Setif Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League report

Mamelodi Sundowns put in a magnificent performance in their first CAF Champions League group stage match against ES Setif, coming home from Algeria with a 2-0 win.

After a cagey opening half-hour during which the home side created one or two half-chances – one shot wide and another header straight at Wayne Sandilands – it was the South African team that took the lead.

It was a goal of individual brilliance as Tiyani Mabunda – so close to leaving Sundowns recently and the last player on the plane due to visa issues – exchanged passes with Hlompho Kekana in the centre of the park before driving forward, rolling the ball onto his weaker left foot and sending a curling shot into the top-right corner from about 20 yards, on his CAF debut.

At the start of the second half the Algerian side came out determined to get back into the game and went very close with a flicked corner-kick that flashed just wide, but Sundowns weathered that early storm.

The Brazilians then doubled their lead with another moment of brilliance, this time from player of the season Khama Billiat. Keagan Dolly picked up a blocked shot deep in midfield and released the Zimbabwean early. Billiat beat his first defender with a clever flick inside before dribbling past another in the box and finishing at the near post on his left foot – a mesmerising dribble.

Sundowns put in a professional shift in the final half-hour as Setif rarely threatened their goal, except for one clear chance that Akram Djahnit ballooned over the bar unmarked from about 10 yards out.

Unsavoury scenes followed in stoppage time as crowd trouble forced coach Pitso Mosimane to pull the Sundowns players off the pitch as they all gathered in the dugout. A few minutes later they were back on the pitch but were made to stand around for 10 minutes as safety precautions were followed.

It was the 91st minute when chaos erupted on the side of the field, but eventually, after a lot of unnecessary waiting, the final whistle was blown.

Sundowns move to the top of Group B on three points, with Enyimba hosting Zamalek on Sunday.

TEAMS

Setif: Khedairia, Ziti, Delhoum, Arroussi, Hachi, Djabou, Ouamar, Amada (Lamri 46′), Haddouche (Bakir40′), Djahnit, Saadi (Amokrane 66′)

Sundowns: Sandilands, Mbekile, Nthethe, Arendse, S Zwane, Kekana, Mabunda (Modise 84′), T Zwane, Dolly, Billiat, Castro (Ngele 71′)

source : kickoff.com

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