Malesela reacts to Ndlondo's move to Pirates

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POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 13: Philip Ndlondlo of Marumo Gallants FC during the DStv Premiership match between Marumo Gallants FC and Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)
POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 13: Philip Ndlondlo of Marumo Gallants FC during the DStv Premiership match between Marumo Gallants FC and Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Head coach Dan Malesela has chosen to remain realistic after star Marumo Gallants midfielder Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo sealed a blockbuster switch to Orlando Pirates.

Despite their early struggles, the Gallants hierarchy decided to cash in on Ndlondlo who sealed a deadline day transfer.

READ | Official: Gallants star Ndlondlo joins Pirates

The Limpopo club is currently rooted to the bottom of the DStv Premiership standings.

"I'm not really disappointed," Malesela tells KickOff.

"I'm someone who is very realistic in that players should be allowed to grow.

"We are still a relatively new club, so if there's an opportunity for him to join a team like Orlando Pirates, then it's growth for him.

"Obviously, whatever he will be earning at Pirates, he will not receive here, even the exposure is bigger at Pirates.

"So as a coach, you are happy if you are contributing to the success of a particular player.

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"So, I'm not so disappointed. Yes, we have to find a replacement in his position, but we've got players here who are willing to take over that role.

"Whatever happens at Pirates, I can't comment, it's up to him to adjust to his new surroundings.

"It's up to him to grow to what his new coach demands, he is a professional, and he will have to make adjustments."

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