Grant Kekana and Rushine De Reuck caught the eye of Mamelodi Sundowns with good performances in defence and head co-coach Rulani Mokwena was full of praise for their new centre back pairing.
Sundowns played out to a 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows in the MTN8 semifinals first leg in Durban on Saturday.
“The partnership of Rushine [De Reuck] and Grant Kekana looks to be growing and improving. In the absence of both Ricardo [Nascimento] and Mosa [Lebusa], Rushine has stabilized very well on the left side of our defensive line and it’s not easy,” said Mokwena.
“The reality is that we’ve got so much more to our centre-halves than just defending. They have to be involved in the play, they have to try and drive the attack and project the ball into certain areas. They’ve got such a huge role to play as offensive influencers in our build up schemes.”
Meanwhile, Thabiso Kutumela made another appearance for the Tshwane giants in the match, impressing in attack and providing his first assist for his new club with Mokwena describing Kutumela as a versatile player that can still improve and be a lethal weapon.
“Kutumela will still improve, he showed some glimpses today of what type of player he is. He’s brave, direct, versatile and extremely multifunctional. He is a player that loves the half space, he loves positioning himself in between the lines and that’s his natural habitat,” added Mokwena.
“We have to be a little bit patient with him, give him also a chance to adapt and settle but Kutumela is a top football player.”
Sundowns will host Arrows at home on 28 September for the second leg of the MTN8 semifinals.
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By FARPost Reporter