Polokwane City’s overreliance on playmaker Jabulani Maluleke may have led to the difficulty they find themselves in at the moment.
This is the view of former University of Pretoria captain Tebogo Monyai, who believes Polokwane’s failure to get an alternative for Maluleke has affected the Limpopo based side.
“If you look at Jabu, how old is he? He is 37. Will he give you 90 minutes, week in and week out? The answer is no. You need to manage him. That’s where the key management structure of the technical team needs to come in.
Polokwane are second from the bottom with 20 points, same number as three other teams at the bottom. Maluleke, an ever-green playmaker, has battled injuries and he has not quite rekindled the form that saw him lead Polokwane with aplomb in recent seasons.
“I would say Polokwane missed Jabu. They missed his leadership. They missed something that worked for them the previous seasons. That wheel has gone flat and they didn’t have a replacement.
“When Jabu was still playing last season, they were supposed to build up someone who was going to replace. One of the things that killed them was to sell Sammy Seabi, who could have easily taken over from Jabu.
“That young man played a lot of games with Jabu and he would have been a more experienced played in the team. He was going to help them a lot,” said Monyai
Monyai says Maluleke has to be managed properly if Polokwane is to get the best out of him.
“When I was playing for Tuks. I was 37 in my last season. I would play a game on Saturday; Sunday I am off. Monday, I do recovery with the team. The rest of the players are training. Tuesday, I do recovery at gym.
“Either I cycle for 30 minutes or I swim. I go for massage and I stretch. On Wednesday is when I start training with the team. If players are running five laps, I do two or three then I stretch. I do more ice bath. The more you rest the better you become and the more energy you have for the next game. Medically, Jabu should be taken care of,” said Monyai.
Polokwane face fellow strugglers from the north, Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium this coming Sunday.
By Hosea Ramphekwa