This is the view of coach Pitso Mosimane who vehemently denied that there is any bad blood between him and “Long weekend” and that he is no longer in his plans for this season.
Niang joined the Brazilians in a deal clouded with secrecy towards the closing of the last transfer window.
He is rumoured to be discussing a lucrative deal with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, that could see the lanky Senegalese forward board the Bucs ship in January. But Mosimane says Niang is a goal machine he will utilise whenever the need arises.
“Mame is in my plans, we need him,” said Mosimane.
“When I need goals and we are in trouble I will put him on. He is in the big picture and I will use him.”
Mosimane also welcomed the upcoming week and a half long international break saying that he will use the time to monitor players sidelined due to injury.
This break comes after their 2-1 victory over neighbours University of Pretoria in the Telkom Knockout cup, Downs’ fourth consecutive victory in all competition.
Mosimane, the first black coach to win the Premiership title, added that he will not be focusing his energy on the other league contenders but his own team.
“For me the international break is a plus and a negative,” said Mosimane. “When you are winning, you say it disrupts the form or momentum. But when you are losing, you say it gives you time to fix a few things.
“The international break is there is there, you cant do anything about it.
“Hopefully it will help us with Mario Booyens, you saw his ankle is not right, Alje Schut his ankle is also not right, hence I wanted to put in Wayne Arendse and Dennis Onyango.”