TSHWANE — Zimbabwe international Lionel Mtizwa will finish off the season at University of Pretoria after Tuks coach Steve Barker ruled out any possibility of any of the three players on loan at the club from Mamelodi Sundowns returning to their principal club.
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Reports have been suggesting The Brazilians’ coach Pitso Mosimane could recall some of the players on loan and with Tuks. The players are Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Mtizwa and Buhle Mkhwananzi during the January transfer window.
“It is not possible,” responds Barker to the reports of any one of the three players going back.
“When we went into the loan agreements with Sundowns it was for the whole season and so there is absolutely no way that they can now go back halfway through the season. They just cannot recall any of those players now because that will not make any sense.
“All three players that we have on loan from Sundowns are still in our plans for the rest of the season and that will not be changing for as long as the agreement that we have is still valid,” says Barker.
An encouraging opening half has Tuks sitting in the comfort zone of the top 8 just after the halfway stage and Barker says he is happy to continue with the squad that he has after returning to training on Monday.
“We still have all the players and will only consider making changes if something drastic happens this month.
“To be honest we are happy with the squad that we have though as a club we always keep our door open for any player who can add value in our team for the long term. We are not a club that has the luxury of making many changes at this time of the season because of the kind of squad that we have,” explains Barker.
Tuks will be off to Rustenburg next week to play Algeria in a practice friendly match.