Phathutshedzo Nange is a classy player and Black Leopards coach Dylan Kerr can attest to this.
The playmaker was in fine form yet again for Stellenbosch as they drew 1-1 with Black Leopards on Friday and Nange, against his former club, was untouchable.
Without a doubt one of the most underrated players in the PSL and that could be argued has robbed him of a chance to get into the Bafana Bafana team, Nange is undeterred.
Following the draw in the Western Cape, Leopards coach Dylan Kerr was left with no option, but to sing the praises of the industrious midfielder.
Kerr felt that had Leopards, who were in the lead, kept a close eye on Nange, they could have possibly come away with maximum points, but it wasn’t to be as Nange proved difficult to contain.
“You know, they brought Nange on (as a substitute), playing against his former team,” Kerr reflected during his post-match interview.
“Nange is a good player. We have to push somebody to make sure we don’t give him (Nange) the ball and we did. He’s a playmaker; he’s a creator,” stated Kerr.
Surprisingly, Nange had started on the bench, but was introduced for the start of the second half in place of Granwald Scott, with Leopards having gone into the break 1-0 up.
In just eight minutes, Nange had brought the home side back on level matters at Danie Craven Stadium, in the 53rd minute.
If anything, Nange proved once again that the national team selectors cannot continue to ignore him.
Undoubtedly, he will be one of the players to watch when Stellenbosch travel to Bloemfontein Celtic on January 16.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa