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We Can’t Compare Zwane & Maswanganyi – Tso

Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Benedict Tso Vilakazi believes it is unfair to compare Themba Zwane and Patrick Maswanganyi.

Vilakazi was speaking on the back of Maswanganyi’s first match in international colours, the 1-1 draw with Andorra in Algeria last week.

The Pirates midfielder has impressed in the DStv Premiership this season, leading to suggestions that he could become the long-term successor of Zwane in the national team, with Broos testing him against the European minnows.

Though he wasn’t impressed with Maswanganyi in the game, Vilakazi also believes there were other factors that didn’t allow the midfielder to shine.

“The mistake is comparing Maswanganyi and Mshishi those are two different type of players,” said Vilakazi on iDiski TV.

“How they play, their intelligence, their smartness in terms of trying to breakdown the defensc, you know assisting the strikers and being a link between the defensive players and the striker. There is a lot that I can mention between the two.

“Yes I can question his game but again he didn’t get support from the midfield. We’ve got players that play back passes and when you have those kind of players, it’s always going to be a problem, meaning the attacking midfielder is not going to play because every time Mosele got the ball, he goes back.

“And if you are playing against English teams, for example, you give them time to organise themselves in terms of defence and that’s what these guys [Andorra] did.

“They did very well in terms of defence. They allowed us to play in front of them and the worst part is that, even when they allowed us to have the ball, we didn’t have those direct passes in the middle.

“And when you go wide who’s going to head the ball? You cannot use width when you know you don’t have players like Shawn Bartlett, George Koumantarakis or Pollen Ndlanya. We don’t have those kind of players. So what’s the point of going wide and bringing in those crosses.”

Bafana play Algeria in their last match of the series on Tuesday evening at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.