Kaizer Chiefs’ off-season signing Lehlogonolo George Matlou has been encouraged to inject important elements into his game in being clinical in the attacking third.
The 24-year-old midfielder from Meadowlands, Soweto has joined from Swalllows following a development career that started off at Charlton Athletic, Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, and Bidvest Wits before playing first-team football at Cape Town All Stars, Cape Umoya United, and Portuguese club AD Sanjoanense.
"I love his attitude towards the game and his personality as a human being is great," says his former teammate Manti Mekoa.
Mekoa is now retired but played with Matlou at Cape Umoya.
"He is a kind of player that I can call and remind about the fact that as an attacker he needs to be getting into the box.
"I preach box entries and assists to him because he cannot be just dribbling and dribbling without going forward.
"I like his attitude because he listens. Top guy.
"Today’s football is all about statistics and he has been to Portugal, so he knows about it and I’m sure he still wants to go back to Europe, so it is important that he improves his statistics.
"If you just want to dribble then you can go and play in the kasi tournaments where they just play for fun," says Mekoa.
Matlou had no goal or assist last season at Swallows despite solid performances in 24 appearances playing in midfield.
"I’m not surprised about his move to Chiefs because I got to know what kind of player he is from our time at Cape Umoya
"I knew that he was destined for greatness because of the way that he was focused on his game.
"I stayed in the same house with him in Cape Town, so I know about his dedication because he is that kind of guy who always puts in the extras.
"I just hope that he hasn’t stopped putting in the extra effort because he is who he is now because of the extras that he used to put in along with Givemore (Khupe) who is now with Swallows.
"When you put in the extra work the football Gods are always watching and you
"Top footballer even though I didn’t really like him much when I first saw him playing.
"His body language and structure might make you think less of him but then as he gets to have touches on the ball you realise how much of a clever footballer he is," says Mekoa.