Sundowns boss happy to have ‘Mshishi’ back

Sundowns boss happy to have ‘Mshishi’ back
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on the 19 January 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jan 20, 2020. 16:00

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his delight at having midfielder Themba Zwane back in the team following their 2-1 win over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United on Sunday.

‘Mshishi’ missed Sundowns’ midweek loss away to Orlando Pirates due to suspension, but returned in grand style at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, netting the opening goals as the Brazilians claimed an important victory, cutting Kaizer Chiefs’ lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to seven points with 12 rounds of the season remaining.

Mosimane identified the return of Zwane as one of the key reasons behind the victory over United.

“Whenever Mshishi is around, he plays the music. You know the story,” said Mosimane about his playmaker’s return, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“Look at the midfield today. It’s more like we have one man or two more people extra in the midfield because of Mshishi’s movements. Him, Vila [Sibusiso Vilakazi] and [Gaston] Sirino, they combine well. When these ones are on song, you see the Sundowns play.

“Mshishi is very important to us. We can’t talk about why he didn’t play against Pirates, it’s gone.”

Sundowns will take a lengthy break from domestic league action, as they continue their CAF Champions League campaign with final group stage matches against Petro de Luanda and Wydad Casablanca over the next two weekends.

The Brazilians have already secured a place in the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

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