PLAYER PROFILE: Phathutshedzo Nange the midfield submarine


The movement of Nange from Black Leopards to Bidvest Wits could have been marred by transfer embargo and media speculation due to the player’s mission to take his game to a higher and bigger level of play and competition.

The 28-year-old late bloomer had endured a productive spell at Leopards including a torrid program in the GladAfrica Championship where he embraced a challenge by ‘Lidoda Duvha’ to seek to reclaim their bragging rights status in Venda and spearhead a successful return to the ABSA Premiership.

Nange’s steady rise this season has been blessed with a strong nomination for the January Goal of the Month, a recognition for his dedication and the fighting zeal to compete with some experienced and well tested midfielders in the star-studded Wits squad.

FARPost will dissect the midfield development, rise and comparison as he continues to set our league alight.

1. ‘Gavin Hunt Midfield Curriculum’

Both Nange and ‘Huntie’ share a common football work-development location in Thohoyandou, Venda.

Hunt was the Leopards coach during the 2001-2002 season and should be credited for developing the Sundowns midfield maestro Hlompho Kekana.

So in Hunt, Nange has the football lecturer and midfield curriculum professor for developing, building and nurturing supreme technically gifted midfielders capable of cementing their place in the league and challenging the more established starts within the Wits midfield arsenal.

Hunt has polished Nange’s positioning, reading of the game, subtle physicality and better understanding of his individual tactics on and off the ball.

2. Sunday Oliseh prototype

The Nigerian midfield king Oliseh who played for Standard Liège, Reggiana, Köln, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund amongst his reputable clubs across Europe was undoubtedly a class act.

Nange has similar attributes to Oliseh, in that he portrays the majestic movements into critical attacking spaces, tactical positioning in the attacking third, nullifying opposition attacks and the physicality required for a midfield tactical blocker.

But it is Nange’s speciality and extreme appetite for scoring goals outside the box from amazing distances, that an outright glorification and similarities to Oliseh that forced the FARPost Technical Study Group to file for an obvious prototype case with clear conviction.

3. The ‘Fast Brain Effect’

In his book ‘ Thinking Fast and Slow’ Daniel Kahneman argues that the human being has 2 type of brains, the SLOW brain and the FAST brain.

It is the FAST brain that clearly demonstrates the perfect attributes of this TshiVenda speaking midfield submarine, in that he subscribes to its category in being sharp, looking for short cuts, initiating solutions, providing solutions and carefully making great decisions under the pressure of time, space and opponent as needed in the modern game.

4. Conclusion

Although coaches who have worked with Nange (past and present) like Joel Masutha and Hunt will confirm the necessity for him to develop his overall aggression, consistent imposing effect in his area of operation, aerial dominance and the arrogance characteristic of Oliseh, no one can doubt the rise and the talent in buckets possessed by this midfield dynamo.

Nange will be in action when Wits take on Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup tomorrow.

To vote for Nange’s strike for the PSL January Goal of the Month, please use this link

By FARPost Reporters 

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