Mokwena explains why Downs signed Maema


Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has explained in detail why the club decided to acquire the services of Bloemfontein Celtic left-winger, Neo Maema.

Maema is one of the four new players, who were recently unveiled by Sundowns. Divine Lunga, Grant Kekana, and Slovakian international Pavol Safranko are the other three stars.

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According to Mokwena, the Tshwane giants have been looking for an attacking left-footed player and in Maema, they have found that.

“The good thing is that the recruitment also was done in a very thorough manner where we did a lot of analysis, not just with video footage,” said Mokwena.

“But also, with the assistance of data in trying to measure what we have, from a numbers perspective, and what we do not have and what we need, in relation to our concepts and our playing style, and the ideas that we have of how we want to see the team play.

“And therefore, the recruitment was largely based on the needs, and profiling the right players to be able to help us with regards to that. And each one of the signings was particular about trying to solve certain aspects of our team,” added Mokwena.

“I’ll give you a case in point of Neo Maema. Neo fills a very important role in terms of what we needed. Because auditing this squad, we knew that we have of all the wingers that we have in that team, Maema allows us to have a left-footed wing, and people will say to me, yes, but that doesn’t sound like a detail that is big enough to be able to go into the market,” added Mokwena.

Mokwena went on to state that the last time Sundowns had a left-footed winger was Keegan Dolly. “And we never really replaced Keegan in that space. And we then further on went to lose Percy (Tau).”

“And the scarce resource of a left-footed winger with the right profile to play the Sundowns way is something that you don’t find in the market at the moment, and particularly in the local market.

“So, the availability of Neo helped us to be able to recruit a left-footed winger, with age still on his side and enormous potential to develop and become better.”

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By FARPost Reporter