The surge for an important championship by Kaizer Chiefs has been led by various actors, Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Lebogang Manyama and Erick Mathoho.
But no one glued to this remarkable Amakhosi season will discount the immense contribution of a player like Nyiko’ Mido’ Maluleka.
‘Mido’ has gone ahead with his midfield business work in complete silence and professionalism.
His Man of the Match (MOTM) performance against Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup last 32 match last Saturday signals not only a resurgence but a statement of intent to the hierarchy at Chiefs to submit a better contract package for this midfield dynamo.
FARPost looks at ‘Mido’s profile and highlight the key indicators in the midfielder’s machinery.
1. Perfect development
The biggest advantage for any young player is certainly the opportunity to undergo a complete youth development cycle. In his case, this Tembisa-born midfield star had a vigorous nurturing mechanism that saw him start at TUKS Academy, then move to SuperSport United and ultimately Ajax Cape Town. All these youth development platforms assisted Mido in his technical mastery, tactical understanding, personality building and physical proliferation required at the highest level.
2. Midfield hybrid
The stint at Ajax allowed Mido to receive the perfect midfield training from the renowned Dutch Coach grandfather, Foppe de Haan. De Haan cultivated a midfield hybrid seed in Mido by developing him as a No6 and No8 within the famous 1-4-3-3 Ajax system. Chiefs are benefiting from this concept (Midfield hybrid) as Maluleka has the ability to play deep and quiet (No6) and as an advanced midfielder with a high offensive niche and as a potent box to box midfielder (No8).
3. Technical delivery
The amount of goals scored by Amakhosi in this title race has been due to the supreme technical delivery of both Maluleka and Lebogang Manyama, and who will forget Maluleka’s pinpoint corner for Castro to head the 3rd goal against Highlands Park on the 7th January 2020, a birthday he shares with his beloved club and current employers.
Mido has played 16 matches and accumulated 4 assists this season, and if the Chiefs charge has to be fulfilled expect the assists column to double.
With a new contract on the horizon and a place in the national team not a far-fetched idea, expect Mido to deliver more midfield superiority.
By FARPost Reporters