Shaun Bartlett reveals squad cull at University of Pretoria

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AmaTuks were relegated from the top-flight a via the PSL’s Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs and are looking to start afresh after a complete overhaul of their squad.

“We released over 20 players,” he confirmed. “Obviously we sold Thabo Mnyamane to SuperSport [United], we sold Thabo Mosadi to Ajax Cape Town and some other players were on free transfers.

“Junior Sibande and [Khethukuthula] Zwane went to Highlands Park; Siya Ngubane, who was on loan, went to Chippa [United]. Some of the players that I haven’t mentioned haven’t found clubs yet.”

Bartlett said he was surprised by the number of players that came for the trials on Monday.

“It was supposed to be 60 players on Monday, but we ended up with about 300 at the trials. It was a difficult three days, but I was wanting to give everybody an opportunity because you never know, you might miss that one boy that’s got that raw talent you can use.

“Over 300 players over three days and we eventually cut it down to 20 players, so those are the boys who will be coming to pre-season with my team,” Bartlett said.

“Before the trials I had seven players for the coming season. It’s a rebuilding phase for the University and also about making sure that we get a lot more young players in ahead of next season in the NFD.”

Bartlett, who was attending the Carling League of Champions at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville yesterday, was thrilled to be back in Soweto scouting for players.

“I come here as an ambassador obviously, but also to see some talent to be honest. Last year I came and I saw two players and I managed to have them on trial with me last week … and one of them is coming back for pre-season. 

“It’s a good tournament and obviously the private sector is doing very well in this initiative.”