Sundowns Football Club coach Johan Neeskens has refused to discuss former Warriors midfieder Esrom Nyandoro’s situation, despite rumours suggesting he does not have the former captain in his plans.
Nyandoro is yet to taste any action after 11 matches since the arrival of Neeskens at the club — the first time he has not been a regular since arriving at Chloorkop seven- and-a-half years ago.
Not only is the 31-year-old not playing, he is even battling to make the match-day squad, proving just how much Neeskens does not value the man who has captained Sundowns in the last three years and has 237 starts for the club.
Neeskens is the first coach since Nyandoro arrived at the club in 2004 to sideline the midfielder.
“I am not going to talk about players individually, about why they are not and why they are playing,” insisted Neeskens, who prefers Surprise Moriri after converting him into a holding midfielder.
“I have a big group of 31 players that I work with and I am very happy with all of them. A lot of players have participated already and in future everyone will have an opportunity to play for this team. So with Esrom, I am not going to start talking about him individually. All the teams have big squads and it is not everyone who is playing at the moment.
“However, because of the many games that we will play, everyone stands an opportunity of also getting to play.”
Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe recently expressed his desire to see Nyandoro — who he has admitted to having a soft spot for — getting to play again like he used to, but then urged him to prove his worth to the coach.
On the group of unwanted players of Papi Zothwane, Koketso Mmotong, Tshepo Ramokala, Lucky Nguzana and Eduardo Ferreira, who have been dumped with the club’s reserves, Neeskens says he has no time to talk about them.
“I don’t want to talk about that again because I have already spoken about that many weeks and months ago. I don’t want to repeat it all the time because I have already discussed enough about that and my position on them is clear,” he says.