“Phatutshedzo Nange is an outstanding talent, smart and intelligent player capable of playing anywhere in the midfield,” remarked his then coach Gavin Hunt while they were at Bidvest Wits.
The rise of this star has seen him play in the nations capital for JDR Stars, jet into the hot-rural Limpopo for Black Leopards and later shine in the blue and white colours of Wits.
FARPost’s Technical Study Group (TSG) takes an in-depth analysis at what Nange will bring to Stellenbosch FC this season.
1. Midfield versatility
In Nange you have a midfield mix-breed capable of playing offensive and defensive depending on the technical team tactical plan.
In the denotion pattern and position-specific numbers, Nange can play both as a No 6 (deep-seated midfielder) or a vastly forward encroaching No 8 capable of joining in attack.
2. Tactical movements
The supreme advantage of a modern midfielder is the ability to read the game and apply the delicate movements required in the midfield centre.
Nange has the optimum ability to locate his teammates within his surroundings and aptly encroach into advanced positions through his cunning movement and peripheral vision.
Under the stewardship of Coach Joel Masutha, ‘Phatu’ managed to score vital goals for Leopards from the midfield position. One such goal was against Kaizer Chiefs in an away match played at Soccer City.
To score that goal, he majestically transcend the midfield third, played combination with teammate and unleashed a scorcher to help Leopards.
In short, Nange has goals in him depending on how Steve Barker will deploy his technical artillery
4. Midfield compactness
Steve Barker has been shrewd in his build up process of the Stellies side. Last season, he brought the experienced Nathan Sinkala, who had a sterling career at the Congolese Club TP Mazembe.
The partnership of Sinkala and Nange is mouthwatering and indicative of Barker’s midfield plan. Both players will definitely anchor the Stellies midfield centre and provide the necessary compactness in front of the back three or four.
5. Freshen build up play
Nange’s most deadly weapon is his calmness on the ball. “We relied on Nange’s brilliant football brain but most importantly, his sound technical calmness on the ball,” added Masutha.
Teams require an efficient deep lying midfielder with the right technical tools to receive the ball from the first phase of build up play and ensure safe delivery into the attacking phase, and thus where Nange’s technical mastery on the ball and deceptive midfield movements will be of great benefit to the Cape-based club.
RELATED STORY: PLAYER PROFILE: Phathutshedzo Nange the midfield submarine
By FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG)