Arendse: I would have kept Nascimento if I could have.
Wayne Arendse, a former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, has expressed his thoughts on the departure of veteran campaigner Ricardo Nascimento.
Despite the fact that Arendse was previously released by Sundowns in 2020, he understands the club's choice to terminate the Brazilian's contract in order to make room for Bolivian international Erwin Saveedra in the club's foreign roster.
There are a maximum of five foreign players allowed per club in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), with Sundowns currently fielding Gaston Sirino (Uruguay), Peter Shalulile (Namibia), Divine Lunga (Zimbabwe), and Pavol Safranko (Croatia) (Slovakia).
As Arendse tells the source, "I can't speak on behalf of Sundowns, but Ricardo was never the fastest or the most agile player, but he is a good defensive midfielder."
"He has a good understanding of the game, and his previous experience could have been beneficial in the Champions League.
"The Champions League, on the other hand, is a completely different kettle of fish because you have Al Ahly in your group, as well as some very good teams.
"So, all I can say is that I believe his previous experience could have been beneficial. For me, I wouldn't say it was the right decision or that it was the wrong option; I would have kept him for the balance of the season, but that is the way the foreigners are allocated.
"They had to make a decision quickly because they can only have a certain amount of people. Perhaps they believed they required more resources in the offensive area.
"So, if it hadn't been for the foreign quota, I believe they would have retained him. They were forced to choose between a defender and an attacker, and they decided on the attacker as a result"...
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