Mamelodi Sundowns star Peter Shalulile has hailed the influence of Neo Maema, with all of his assists this season adding to the leading scorers’ goal tally.
Maema, 25, was a signing that went under the radar when he was roped in alongside Sifiso Ngobeni from Bloemfontein Celtic in the off-season.
However, the left-footed winger has been one of the standout performers for the club in the 2021/22 campaign after he was lauded by Rhulani Mokwena as the Keagan Dolly replacement they’ve been searching for.
His seven-goal contributions (2 goals, five assists) in just six league starts suggests that he’s tailor-made for their tactical set-up and Shalulile has been impressed by his immediate impact.
“It has been a tough season so far with all the new players coming in, we all have a connection, but with Maema specifically it’s just something we worked on at training,” he told the club’s website.
I tell him whenever you get the ball on your left foot or right foot, I will [make the run in the space], it’s more about knowing where we are on the pitch. He’s really good at finding players in the box, he is tops.”
Maema scored six goals and registered as many assists in 69 games for Siwelele before his switch to Chloorkop.