Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena sounds blown away by new Zambian talent Austin Muwowo.
The 22-year-old finally made his debut last weekend where Pirates were held to a goalless draw by Golden Arrows. Despite only coming in the final 10 minutes of the game, Muwowo used his time to maximum efffect, including a shot that nearly beat opposition goalkeeper Edmond Sibanda.
"He is a very good player. No doubt about it. I think we saw glimpses of it. It is not easy to make your derby at Orlando,” began Mokwena to journalists after the game.
The 34-year-old coach continued to explain three factors that could have well gone against Muwowo.
"There is lots of pressure, particularly because, number one, it is Orlando Stadium, the spiritual home of Orlando Pirates. number two, there is a lot of expectation and number three, the team has not been doing well.”
"So, there were three heavy bags he was carrying on his debut which is not easy. But he showed courage, he showed character and he fought very hard in the 10 minutes that he was given. He showed a lot of quality."
In addition, Muwowo’s ability to play across the frontline are skills that not just Mokwena, but every coach at any club always loves to have in their team.
"He has a left foot that is very, very sweet. He has a good touch on the ball. He has the ability to play both outside and inside," Mokwena said.
"In other words, he can play as a number 10 and he can play on the line to isolate and dribble. He has the ability to play beyond the defence and score goals as he did in Zambia,” concluded the coach.