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Nku And Otladisa Will Shine Brightly At Sundowns And Pirates – Mdaka

Coach Raymond Madaka has no doubt that wingers Lesiba Nku and Katlego Otladisa will be a success with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, respectively.

Mdaka worked with Nku and Otladisa at Marumo Gallants last season, as they were relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

Nku was an outstanding player during the club’s brilliant run in the CAF Confederation Cup to the semi-final, which triggered Sundowns to sign him as they are operating in that space in the CAF Champions League.

That experience he earned on the continent prompted Sundowns to sign him as he won’t need time to adjust, especially after Gallants’ travels in Africa were not as smooth as that of the Tshwane giants, who usually send an advance-team weeks before they travel.          

“Lesiba Nku is a very good player, technically super with both legs,” Mdaka, who was the assistant coach of Morena Ramobereboli in Durban for Bafana COSAFA Cup squad that clinched the bronze medal, told iDiski Times.

“Maybe the area of working with him will be the tactical side but most players, technical and natural, are gifted on their own.

“But the other part when it comes to the technical side is more about what they do in the team. But Nku is very quick.”   

Otladisa, who was heavily linked with AmaZulu before, was another player who, just like Nku, shone bright last season although the club was relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

It represents another big chance for him in playing for a big club after previously signing with Mamelodi Sundowns by then coach Pitso Mosimane in the 2018/19 season.

But he suffered a bad knee injury (ACL) and was ruled out for several months to recover. He spent loan stints with Cape United and Cape Town Spurs before joining Gallants in 2021.

Otladisa started 28 of 29 league matches for the club last season and 10 of 12 matches in the Confederation Cup, making it a whooping 43 appearances in all competitions.

Just like Nku at Downs, Mdaka believes Otladisa will add value to the Soweto giants next term.  

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“Otladisa has been there in the game for some time and naturally he’s a good player,” Mdaka added.

“He’s one player, if he can use that talent that he has – he uses his speed, physical attributes very well, he will make a huge addition to Pirates.”

Otladisa was part of the Pirates side that was in Spain for their pre-season camp, where they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0, Independiente del Valle 3-1 before drawing 0-0 with UD Las Palmas.   

Gallants, following their relegation, have been stripped of several key players with Olivier Toure moving to Stellenbosch FC, Celimpilo Ngema to AmaZulu, Thato Khiba and Mpho Mvelase to TS Galaxy, Letsie Koapeng and Lucky Mohomi to Richards Bay, Ranga Chivaviro to Kaizer Chiefs and Washington Arubi to SuperSport United.  

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.