Augusto Palacios says Mbongeni Gumede has great future
Posted: 3 December 2013 Time: 10:14
Orlando Pirates Development Academy Director Augusto Palacios says Mbongeni Gumede will develop into a great player that will represent Bafana Bafana.
The Bucs youth product was handed his debut in the 3-2 defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic, but struggled to adapt and also gave away a penalty.
And while Palacios admits the youngster made a few mistakes, he has backed him to become a star.
“I was very happy to see him get an opportunity to play his first professional game for Pirates, having first arrived here at the age of 11,” Palacios tells KickOff.com.
“He went through all the stages of development – Under-12, Under-15, Under-20, the Castle League, Vodacom League, First Division and now the PSL.
“He is a very good player and can play both central defence and in midfield. He has almost the same qualities as [Thabo] Matlaba in terms of flexibility and only lacks experience.”
Palacios adds: “I spoke to him after the game on Saturday; I think he played well and he will learn from his mistakes. It’s a process and mistakes are part of the game. He will learn a lot from playing alongside Jele, [Lucky] Lekgwathi and Matlaba.”