Pitso explains Sundowns signing 'Bale'


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes newly promoted youngster Malebogo Modise fits into the style associated with full-backs at the club.

'Bale' as Modise is affectionately known amongst his peers is the latest youngster to be promoted to Sundowns' senior team from the development academy after signing a five-year contract.

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Some of the other players promoted to The Brazilians' senior team from the junior structures include Percy Tau, Motjeka Madisha, Promise Mkhuma and Abram Ncgobo.

Mosimane has since shown confidence in the 21-year-old to challenge the likes of Tebogo Langerman and Lyle Lakay for the left-back position.

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"We brought in Malebogo Modise, or 'Bale' as they call him. He plays as a winger, left-back, left-wing. He is easy to convert from left-wing to left-back because he has quality and a very good left foot," said Mosimane.

"He's got speed, he's got height. He loves to play by going up and down the sides. He plays centre-back also because if you play centre-back it means you know how to defend. If you play left-back it means you also know how to defend and it means you know how to attack.

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"Because the quality and the characteristics of our full-backs at Sundowns is Tebogo Langerman, Thapelo Morena, those are the characteristics, Lyle Lakay, you know, those full-backs who overlap. So Bale fits in that space.

"Bale is young, he's played in the under-20 at the World Cup and under-23, and he' been part of the under-17 World Cup also. So it's the right time to bring him over."

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