Donald Makgetlwa: Silent midfield poison


South African football is blessed with highly technical midfielders capable of influencing games, positively and decisively.

Already in mind, one will take a leap of faith into the midfield of the country, with the names of Doctor Khumalo, Jersey ‘Queen’ Legodi and Harris Choeu coming to mind.

But, the FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG), will look at the enterprising maestro, Donald Makgetlwa.

1. Who is Makgetlwa?

This talented midfielder-cum attacker was born and bred in Mamelodi, on the outskirts of the capital city Pretoria, on November 7th, 1992.

The fact that Makgetlwa comes from a crazy neighbourhood renowned for producing brilliant players, e.g Daniel Mudau, Fire Masilela and the late Joas Magolego, reveals the playing design of this talent.

2. Technical ability

‘DM Special’ as Makgetlwa is known to his peers growing up in Mamelodi, has the ability to use his right and left foot, a phenomenon called ambidexterity.

This ambidextrous approach is exhibited in his sharpness to see spaces, movements of his teammates and choose the right passes to execute.

3. Tactical midfield poison

Makgetlwa of Black Leopards is a superb tactical poison with a very vicious dose. He has the knick to encroach unawarely in the attacking zone, interchange position diligently and spot opportunities.

He is one of the few players to play three different positions in midfield, including playing as a defensive anchor, behind the strikers and mobile in the half spaces.

4. Brilliant mind

Sophisticated author Shannon Alder, once quoted that ‘a brilliant mind was first a listener that observed the actions of the people that loved and hated them, then found a way to express their feelings, when real communication was lost.

Alder could have been referring to ‘DM Special’ whose instinct and ability to communicate on the field is explicit in his mind.

5. Relegation push

His team Black Leopards will be making a relegation push and a Nedbank Cup escapade, and surely the silent midfield poison will be delivering the crucial doses as required.

By FARPost Technical Study Group 

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