Rhulani: De Reuck not replacing Madisha

Nedbank Cup

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena has explained why Rushine De Reuck can't be seen as a replacement for the late Motjeka Madisha.

Cape Town-born De Reuck has signed a five-year contract with Sundowns after enjoying a great stay at Maritzburg United and arrives just after The Brazilians lost Madisha in a car accident.

Mokwena believes the qualities of De Reuck and the more experienced Madisha shouldn't be compared as each player has his own profile.

"Very difficult to replace Madisha. Very, very difficult .I don't think we will replace Madisha," said Mokwena ahead of the Nedbank Cup clash against Stellenbosch in Pretoria this afternoon.

"I think De Reuck has his own quality and with respect to the profile he has, I don't think he is viewed as a replacement for Madisha.

"If you look at Madisha's profile, already by 23 years – which is something you don't find in this country – he had already played in the Club World Cup and CAF Champions League.

"At the age of 23 it's something you don't get in this country. That's extensive experience, not only with regards to club football but also international football being the only captain in South Africa to captain a national side in Russia and win a trophy.

"And with that experience and quality, of course losing a player like that becomes difficult replacing someone with that pedigree."

Meanwhile, Mokwena has also revealed that De Reuck will miss the Nedbank Cup game against Stellies as his paperwork is not yet complete.

View some of the late Madisha's career highlights below