Scott tells Goal that changing the rear-guard particularly the two centre-backs at Sundowns for this year’s Caf Champions League final first-leg is not the right thing to do
Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Carlo Scott believes that Thabo Nthethe and Wayne Arendse should start against Egyptian giants Zamalek in the 2016 Caf Champions League final.
“You can’t base a defender on six or four months back. You base him on his last performance. So changing players in positions for Sundowns at this crucial time is not advisable,” Scott toldGoal .
“And I am sure Pitso (Mosimane, coach) is also thinking that. He will rather work with certain players going into the final.
The Sundowns defence has not been solid lately – having been found wanting particularly in the Champions League against Zambia’s Zesco United and Zamalek.
Scott, who led the attack with Simba Marumo when they finished runners-up to Al Ahly in 2001, said they have to keep the cohesion in defence with goalkeeper (Denis) Onyango, Nthethe and Arendse.
“I have been fortunate enough to play with Nthethe when I was at (Bloemfontein) Celtic and with Arendse when I was at Santos. They have really grown from being hard-working defenders to defenders who read the game and work for the team.
“You have got Onyango as the goalkeeper and with his guidance, he will help them to say how far he wants them to be from him and that communication is something you wouldn’t want to break down,” he added.
The first-leg will take place on Saturday October 15 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium while the return-leg will be played a week later on Friday October 21.