Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admits it was too early to introduce former Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie.
The 29-year-old made his debut for Masandawana during their Shell Helix Ultra Cup 4-2 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
Rantie was signed by Sundowns on a three-year deal after being released by Cape Town City without kicking a ball.
“We got to give everybody a chance to play, we got to see where they are so we wanted to see where Tokelo is. We know he is not yet ready that’s why I said we must give him a chance, let’s give him a break. The guy has not played football for almost two years and then we give him this big game here. I think we threw him in the deep end (too early) but I had to,” Mosimane stated.
“He had a very good pre-season and he has done very well. So I had to give him a chance to play. I must give everybody a chance to play, I must give Aubrey Ngoma a chance to play. It’s important to let them play.
“Sometimes everybody complains about game time – not playing, we want to go so what was important was to check where we are.”
Rantie last played a competitive match for Turkish club Genclerbirligi in October 2017 during a League match against Besiktas.