Sundowns duo ruled out of crunch Wits clash

With just two days before the eagerly anticipated Nedbank Cup semi-final clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, head coach Pitso Mosimane has been dealt a huge blow with injuries to two of his key squad players.

Read: PICS: Pitso introduces Maluleka & Kapinga to Sundowns’ system

The Brazilians are currently preparing for their penultimate Nedbank Cup clash against the Clever Boys at Orlando Stadium this coming weekend.

Mamelodi Sundowns getting 'lots of injuries' in training‚ says ...
Mamelodi Sundowns technical staff during training. (Image: TimesLIVE)

‘Jingles’ provided the latest injury update to his squad, adding that one of his players is still stuck out of the country.

“We have Jose Ali Meza injured, the next two days we will make an assessment to see if he is available. We have Anele Ngconca injured, we have Kapinga injured, though of course, he is not playing,” Mosimane was quoted as saying during a PSL press conference on Wednesday.

“We have others, we have been updating the injuries. Keletso (Makgalwa) is also injured and out, (Ricardo) Nascimento has got a niggling injury too. Those are the players who are out because of injuries.

“Then we had players who could not train because they tested positive for COVID-19 and we did not help them, we had to isolate them, they were not part of the training. We had other guys who were sick with flu because of winter but not COVID, but they came back.

Mosimane also added that star striker Mauricio Affonso is still in South America.

“We have Mauricio Affonso stuck in Uruguay. We are not able to get him. We have Thapelo (Morena) still out injured, he is there but we don’t want to risk him. He has trained with us, he is kicking, but we don’t want him to go out and break down then you regret all the five months that he has gone through.

“We heard Denis (Onyango) is with a niggling injury also but so far so good,” Mosimane said.

The clash between Sundowns and Wits gets underway on Saturday, August 8, at 19:15.