Club Africain player Ibrahim Chenihi (R) fights for the ball with Supersport United FC player Reneilwe Letsholonyane (L) during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix
Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 12:00
Former SuperSport United star Sibusiso Mahlangu believes Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane will be a big influence in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final.
SuperSport will host TP Mazembe for the return leg this weekend, having lost 2-1 in Lubumbashi last Sunday. ‘Yeye’ missed the match through suspension, but is set to return for the second leg.
Mahlangu, who like Letsholonyane played in central midfield during his career, believes the veteran will be a key figure against the Ravens as United chase their first continental trophy.
“'Yeye' is an experienced player. He has played in a lot of finals and he has played in front of a big crowd. He is a player for big games,” Mahlangu is quoted by Kick-Off.
“This is a game that comes with pressure, so you need experience. You need players who know when to attack and when to hold and Yeye is not the type of player who will run around like a headless chicken. He has helped SuperSport defensively and offensively. He is the ace up SuperSport’s sleeve.
“The young boy [Sipho Mbule, who scored in the first leg] is a good player and he is a future prospect, but I would play Dean [Furman] and Yeye and maybe bring on the young boy at a later stage.”
Mahlangu added, “He can release the likes of Thuso Phala and Aubrey Modiba with his passes, which will help SuperSport a lot.”