Player Profile: Themba Zwane

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The rise of Themba ‘Mshishi’ Zwane has been awesome and sweet to those who fought for his talent and football development across all youth training regimens associated with player emancipation.

As Mamelodi Sundowns embark on a crucial escapade in the CAF Champions League against the Team of the Century, Al Ahly, much will rest on the shoulders of this midfield genius.

The FARPost TSG looks at the amazing factors that build this Tembisa-born playmaker.

1. Multi-functionalism

The modern football player must be versatile, unorthodox, flexible, creative and adaptable to ensure that he posses the right ingredients to play at the highest level.

‘Mshishi’ represents a new breed of midfield maestros who can play different positions and capable of adapting his game to changing technical-tactical strategies (Multi-functional). He exhibit this trait by virtue of his ability to play between the lines, play in and out the wide situations, appetite to play as a No:10 and lopsided winger in many systems.

2. The Football brain

Themba Zwane with Kennedy Mweene and Denis Onyango.

The manner in which he behaves in possession and the guile in technical application displayed by Mshishi in his overall play, confirms the existence of a football brain phenomenon. In his article, Thinking With Your Feet, How Soccer ReWires Your Brain, the author Jeffrey Holt agrees that “Every artful touch of the ball, exquisite pass, explosive burst of speed and thundering shot on goal, begins in the cortex of evolution’s greatest achievement: the human brain.”

This is evident if you analyse the composure, intelligence, technical prowess and tactical adaptability from Zwane’s human (football) brain.

The cortical brain areas devoted to perception of touch and body position and even more so for the cortical areas that control the motor activity of body musculature are in full swing when you look inside this Sundowns’s star.

3. Goalscoring in the mix

Pitso Mosimane continues to demand high standards for his charges and as such the likes of Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Gaston Sirino have been tasked with the responsibility of scoring goals in all fronts where the ‘Brazilians’ are campaigning.

Zwane has obliged with 8 strikes , 5 assists in 15 league matches – a tremendous contribution for a player generally viewed as a winger and not as an out and out striker.

His goals have included sublime finishes, tap-ins and majestic penalties during difficult moments that requires a player with a big match temperament.

4. Conclusion

For a consistent challenge on both the league and CAF ambitions, Mosimane-led Sundowns must pray hard that the good Lord must sprinkle the healthy oil on this local playmaker.

*Al Ahly v Sundowns takes place at El-Salam Stadium on Saturday evening (18:00).

By FARPost Reporters

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