Makaab backs Brighton to recover


Top agent Mike Makaab has commented on the backlash received by his client Brighton Mhlongo after his errors in Bidvest Wits' 3-2 Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper showed some rustiness after being given a rare start by head coach Gavin Hunt on Saturday.

The Wits coach was forced into the change after his first and second-choice keepers Ricardo Goss (suspension) and Brandon Peterson (injury) were not available.

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Unfortunately for Mhlongo he did not cover himself in glory as he came out of his area for a ball and missed it completely, allowing Keletso Makgalwa to fire into an empty net for Sundowns' second goal.

He was then unable to keep out Lyle Lakay's fabulous free-kick, which gave The Brazilians a late victory after Wits had managed to pull the scores level.

Many spectators have viewed Mhlongo's performance as a nail in his coffin as the club's new owners from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila assess contracts for next season.

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But Makaab was having none of it when asked if Mhlongo can kiss his TTM contract goodbye.

"Absolutely not, when last did he play a game? Simple question requiring a simple answer," he tells

"He'll be back, he's a soldier. Did you see [Raphael] Varane's performance against [Manchester] City? Is he done?

"Supporters are fickle. They only remember your last game, that's how they're wired, and that's what makes sport so interesting."

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Before Saturday's game Mhlongo had made only one appearance in two seasons for The Clever Boys.

Tonight (18h00) he will return to Orlando Stadium to try to stop the likes of Lebogang Manyama and Samir Nurkovic from strengthening Kaizer Chiefs' lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table.

However, Goss returns from suspension and could take his place between the sticks. 

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