By Phumzile Ngcatshe
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has heaped praise on striker Peter Shalulile, saying the Namibian international is one of the most outstanding players.
The former Highlands Park hitman was on target for the Brazilians when they downed Stellenbosch 3-2 in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.It is widely reported that the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League joint-top goalscorer joined the defending league champions for a whopping R30 million transfer fee.
Following that move from the now-defunct Lions of the North, questions were raised whether the Tshwane giants really had to pay that staggering that amount, but it seems they are getting their money’s worth.
“He is one of the most professional players I have worked with. You can never falter anything when it comes to his level of performance and the way he tries to adapt to the tactics and what the coaches are asking from him,” said Mngqithi.“
The physical exertion that he puts into the match and the commitment that he gives you is the epitome of what you would want to have.
“You would want to have more than five Peter Shaluliles in the team and in our team we have got more players like that who are relentlessly trying to do the best for the team. In terms of his scoring, more than anything, I appreciate the fact that he is not selfish.”
Having scored nine goals paired with four assists in all competitions so far, the former AmaZulu boss believes the Brave Warriors international wants to repay the faith shown by president Patrice Motsepe in him.
“He is trying to repay the confidence that the team and the president has shown in him for having invested so much money in making sure that we get him,” said Mngqithi.
“We expect a lot of players to be that selfless in making sure that it is not about them getting what they want but it is also about them giving themselves to the team, and that is what Peter is.
“He is not really a refined striker, he still makes some elementary technical mistakes but you can live with those mistakes because he gives you his heart.”