KHUSE SINGS MASANGO PRAISES AHEAD OF DERBY
By: Lucky Khanyile
Kaizer Chiefs under-19 coach, Donald “Ace” Khuse has hailed in-form squad member, Mandla Masango, at the start of the season.
Khuse was speaking after his Chiefs B side won 1-0 against Maritzburg United in the Multichoice Diski challenge held at King Zwelithini stadium on Saturday.
The former Chiefs midfield maestro believes patience is the key to Masango’s recent form and can be the key factor for Chiefs in the MTN 8 final.
“Masango has been patient and has been learning from all the games he has been playing with our senior players. Having a coach of Stuart Baxter’s calibre assisting him has helped him secure a place in the starting line up,” he said.
Masango is expected to display the form he has shown when his side take on their arch rivals, Orlando Pirates. The Mpumalanga born player has scored five important goals for his team and that earned him a call up in the national team.
Khuse believes that the player has fire and has great talent. He knows Masango very well since he has worked closely with the player since he was in the development ranks, and knows his capabilities.
“Mandla has been called to the senior national team and is competing for a place in the first team and I think he will work hard to cement his place in the starting line-up, especially when the guys that were injured come to fitness,” said Khuse.
Khuse believes that the whole Chiefs team is enthusiastic and very disciplined, which makes them dangerous for Saturdays clash with Pirates.
“The team has been playing well lately. The hard work and the time they have had with the coach- they now understand him better which will give us the upper hand.
The edge we have is that they (Pirates) are still trying to understand what VV (Vladimir Vermezovic is trying to instil, while our players understand Baxter and his strategies very well,” concluded Khuse.
The Glamour Boys will be without their skipper and shot-stopper, Itumeleng Khune but the likes of Brilliant Khuzwayo and Reyaad Pieterse will be available to mind the goalmouth.