That newlywed Mamelodi Sundowns star Lyle Lakay will enjoy no honeymoon means the Brazilians mean business.
Lakay tied the knot on Saturday but he won’t be strolling topless at some beach or basking in the sun in the aftermath of marital bliss but instead Mosimane expects the left back/winger to lace his boots and battle when Sundowns face Algerian side USM Alger in Algeria this coming Friday.
Lakay missed Sundowns’ 1-0 win over Polokwane City on Saturday night at Loftus.
“I don’t want to be that coach that the boy didn’t get married because of the game of Polokwane. I can’t be in that space. I said go for it my boy. The bride will also not be happy. I just have to play my cards well and be safe there. It’s one match. It’s like he is injured. Just have to accept it. I saw pictures of him and I was so happy,” said Mosimane, who added that Lakay would be on the flight when the Brazilians travel to Algiers on Monday.
“No honeymoon. Honeymoon now? Are you a professional player or what? He chose to marry in between the season so he must come now. We need him. He knows he must come back. He must be on the flight on Monday. The honeymoon, he will do it in May.”
While many a PSL player will be enjoying their festives, Mosimane’s men will be hard at work preparing for their Group C clash with the Algerians.
Sundowns are top of Group C with four points while Waydad and USM Alger are behind them with two points apiece. Petro de Luanda are at the bottom with one point. Mosimane is keen on maintaining top position.
“We leave on Monday, Tuesday we don’t train. We will train on the 25th. We will try maybe do something (for Christmas) with the embassy. We can do something for the boys. We will see. If we don’t we will see what we do at the Hotel to pep ourselves up. We have to train on Christmas Day because the game is on the 27th. It’s match day minus two. That one we have to train. That’s when I do tactics,” said Mosimane.
“USM is not an easy team. Same mentality, same culture, and the grand stand you will see. It’s normal. The stadium is full. We have the mentality to play that game. We know how to play against the North Africans. We can deal with that. I believe we can win. I think we’ve got a chance to win this one more than in Casablanca. They are dangerous upfront but I believe we can win.”
By Hosea Ramphekwa