Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has praised Themba Zwane’s talent, adding that he resembles Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.
Zwane had a dazzling performance as Kabo Yellow outclassed Egyptian giants Al Ahly 5-0 in Saturday’s CAF Champions League quarter-final in Pretoria.
“Themba Zwane was unbelievable‚” Mosimane said to Times Live.
“He was just brilliant‚ you can’t trace or track him. He is in different space‚ always find himself in different areas on the field and he helped us to control the midfield. Never mind the goal he scored‚ he is skating and they can’t find him. He reminds me of Iniesta.
The coach known as ‘Jingles’ further revealed the key to getting the best out of Tembisa-born player.
“You need to allow him [Zwane] to play the way he wants to play because if you don’t do that you are going to kill him. He plays more on the wing but he is not that type of player who is going to go down the line and deliver cross the ball as a winger. I have to accommodate a player like that.
“I have to make a plan every week by tweaking the system here and there to allow him and Gaston to dance. In our midfield‚ Tiyani Mabunda and Hlompho Kekana are the guys who carry the piano for Zwane and Gaston to play and shine on the stage.”
“One of the most important things for us was that we played the Sundowns way by moving the ball around and using speed and the other thing was preparations. We watched eight games of Al Ahly and those games we tried to squeeze them into two fifteen minutes presentations. To beat a big team like Al Ahly by five goals without reply is about preparation and not luck. Probably they don’t know that Sundowns can dig deeper and do that kind of research on them but we did,” Mosimane concluded.