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Khanye Full Of Praise For Downs ‘Dribbling Wizard’

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye was full of praise for Mamelodi Sundowns’ ‘dribbling wizard’ Sipho Mbule after their 4-1 demolition of CR Belouizdad in the first leg of their CAF Champions League quarter-final.

Mbule started the match instead of Marcelo Allende, who wasn’t in the squad, and put in a superb shift to control the midfield alongside Teboho Mokoena.

Khanye said he saw a different Mbule, who he picked as his Man of the Match, before adding that if the 25-year-old can keep his head in the right space, he will achieve a lot of things.

“What I like about Mbule is that his weakest strength is that he doesn’t mark, he doesn’t defend. When he doesn’t have the ball he doesn’t get involved but today he was marking for the team even poked the ball to go out,” Khanye said on iDiski TV.

“He’s not a good marker but he’s a clever player, he is skilful, talented and he knows football. That guy is one of the best midfielders. I just wish he can fix his head because he can achieve so many things in this game.

“Today, he brought another dimension to Sundowns. All these years they needed a dribbling wizard with quick feet. I know Mshishi plays in pockets, running six yards. But what this guy [Mbule] also does, because he also technically very good, he can chirp the ball, play it forward and support it with speed.

“He brought in another skilful dimension, he is able to dribble past three players by himself and I loved that dimension.”

You can watch Khanye’s full analysis of the match between the Algerian side and the South African champions on iDiski TV official YouTube channel.

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.