Mamelodi Sundowns co-chairman Rulani Mokwena disagrees with naysayers among Masandovana supporters who believe Themba Zwane (R) should now be just a fringe
player in the club.

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Mokwena insists Zwane is still part of the club’s plans and will continue to play a major role in Bafana Ba Style.

“Players like Thomas Muller and Themba are space navigators and they are dying out. You only have to watch Mshishi move around the field to understand what he gives,” said Mokwena.

“Performances speak for themselves and people will criticize and they have the right to do so, I’m sure Mshishi understand that too. The reality is that he does his best and follows instructions to the letter. He gives his best on the field,” he added.

These negative reviews of ‘Mshishi’, who is in his 10th season with the Downs, are not only aimed at the 33-year-old, but also at the entire squad, given the extraordinary inconsistency of performances in the DStv Premiership this season.

“According to some sections of the media, there was a crisis at the start of the season with Peter Shalulile because he didn’t score and my response was ‘tsimo’ (loose translation – delete) because he will score.

“No one came back and said, ‘but you said cima,'” Mokwena added.

He continued: “I don’t know where all the doubts come from because we know why we’re not at our best.

“We’re not playing for time, but we know we’re going to get to a point where our team is mobile and plays the way we want to play for most of the game.

“I think everyone knows there will come a time when Sundowns don’t concede goals and score and play good football with a lot of fluidity.”

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