Mamelodi Sundowns coach salutes Zwane for turnaround
Posted: 25 February 2015 Time: 12:14
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has saluted Siyanda Zwane for forcing his way into the side after a poor start to his career in Chloorkop.
Downs signed the defender from Golden Arrows in the off-season, with the player making his debut against Ajax Cape Town on August 13.
However, Zwane was immediately dropped and forced to compete in the Multichoice Diski Challenge before regaining Mosimane's faith after the festive break.
The 29-year-old has started the last three League games for the Brazilians, most recently featuring in the 1-0 win over AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium last night.
"'Juju' [Zwane] has really showed credibility and I'm so happy for him because I brought this boy from here [Durban] to Pretoria," says Mosimane.
"I brought him to make a career and to make a living, and his first game was not very good against Ajax Cape Town and he never played ever since.
"But I understand the yellow jersey is heavy because a lot of guys do exceptionally well at their respective teams, and when we see the talent we bring it over and once they wear the yellow jersey, it is a heavy jersey.
"On it own, to stay in the team of Sundowns and start in the team it's very difficult, because we have lot of players who are quality on the bench who can't wait to play.
"Forty-five minutes is enough hey, if you don't make it... someone else will come in."
Zwane has been operating at right-back as Mosimane has shifted Ramahlwe Mphahlele into central defence alongside club skipper Alje Schut.