Johannesburg – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has learnt some hard lessons after the realities of life under Covid-19 hit home in the last few days.
Sundowns had played two games since soccer resumed and Mosimane said he has learnt that substitutions have to be made very early in the game.
“What I have learned during the two matches that we have played since the return is‚ do the subs as quick as possible‚” said the Sundowns coach.
Teams are permitted to make up to five substitutions during a game as part temporary measure that was approved by International Football Association Board (IFAB) to protect the welfare of players who went almost five months without competitive action.
Mosimane used his five substitutes in the league against Orlando Oirates with Andile Jali replacing Lyle Lakay, Tebogo Langerman coming on for Mosa Lebusa, Ali Meza for Keletso Makgalwa, Sibusiso Vilakazi for Themba Zwane and Wayne Arendse for Motjeka Madisha.
“We have told the players that if you feel any discomfort or anything unusual‚ you have to come out because we have five subs and three periods to do those subs in the game.
“You cannot have a player who is selfish and wants to continue playing while we can make subs. If you get injured now‚ the league will be finished by the time you come back,” said Mosimane.