In the absence of Themba Zwane, Lesedi Kapinga took over the Sundowns number ten role and made light work of it, producing two assists for Shalulile and almost grabbing a goal for himself.
If Kapinga’s proved one thing last night, it is that he deserves more game time.
Even his coach, Rulani Mokwena, judging by his comments after the match, was impressed with Kapinga’s performance.
“I think he showed that he is here. He had a very good contribution to what was a very good team performance. I’m very proud of him,” said Mokwena.
Perhaps, what Mokwena should have said is, Kapinga made the team’s performance look good, because he sure did, just like Themba Zwane does, being the conductor of the Mamelodi Sundowns orchestra.
“He knows how much I like him as a footballer and human being. He’s a very good person as well. Quiet. But he worked very very hard, for the team.
“And this is what we expect from everyone who gets to represent the club. He took his opportunity. I thought he could have scored one or two goals.”
Zwane is not at his best at the moment, let Kapinga play.
Lately, Themba Zwane is not at his usual best, he looks a bit distracted.
With the league title all but wrapped up, Mokwena has an opportunity to use Kapinga more, even if it’s just for league matches.
If he was indeed impressed by the midfielder’s display, let him show his appreciation by giving him more game time.
How did the Mamelodi Sundowns fans react to Kapinga’s performance?
“Lesedi ran himself into the ground yesterday.
Had a good game and can improve from that performance given a bit more game time.
It’s always beautiful to see players raise their hand when given an opportunity. ” @Siseko Madikane.
“Kapinga pulled my impossible strings last night.” @ Lehlogonolo Leriba.
“Honestly speaking Lesedi Kapinga was the Man of the Match. That’s if you analysed and watched the game properly he’s composure and those blind passes were class.” @Ndumiso Selepe.
“He really played well.. I’m sure with more minutes he can turn things around for himself.. He is quick, smart and gifted!” @Siph’esihle Msweli.
“His forward passes yesterday.
And I saw him tracking back to defend. “@Zwelakhe KaMbuyiselwa Msibi.