'Shalulile is the best in the country'


Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama believes Peter Shalulile is the best stiker 'in the country' after his goal against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Shalulile netted a wonderful volley in the sixth minute to give Highlands a shock early lead before Sphelele Mkhulise found the equaliser for Sundowns towards the end of the first stanza.

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Da Gama waxed lyrical about the Namibian marksman, Limbikani Mzava and his goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini after match.

"I thought considering the preparations, I'm so proud of the boys. It's our second season in the PSL, the very first time Sundowns beat us [first round in the league] in the last minute and again in the last game [Nedbank Cup quarter-finals]. So we said that's not going to happen," Da Gama told SuperSport TV.

"If we can't win the game we'll certainly be very happy with the point. These are champions in the making, they are fighting for the league. So I'm really proud of the boys, they were exceptional! We fought, there were times I thought we could have taken the game.

"We don't want to talk about match officials, let's leave that, let's give credit to the boys I though they played very well, they fought hard. Peter Shalulule by far the best striker in the country! By far! I mean he was controlling that entire defence alone, aerial balls, on the ground, he was just something else.

"So I'm proud of each and every player and I'm happy with the technical team. The second-half when we came back, we came back very stronger. We fixed up what we needed to fix in the middle and we came back much stronger.

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"You know he's been scoring at training, he's been scoring in friendly matches from the beginning of the season. He's proved it in the NFD where it's very hard. He's proved it in his second season in the PSL. We've worked very hard with him, the combination he has with Lindokuhle Mbatha, it's something beautiful to watch. It's consistent.

"[Tapuwa] Kapini's distribution, probably one of the best I've seen in this country for a long time. It's unbelievable. But you must give credit to Bevan Fransman, [Limbikani] Mzava, for me my man of the match is Mzava, there's no doubt about it. I thought he did very well. I can really have a good night sleep tonight."