Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates defender
Patrick Phungwayo believes their goalkeeper, Brighton Mhlongo, has all the
capabilities to be the club’s No 1.
The 23-year-old shot stopper was handed the
responsibility of being the Buccaneers’ last man of defence following the
untimely death of their skipper, Senzo Meyiwa, two months ago.
Phungwayo said the Soweto-born goal minder
must not try to imitate anyone between the sticks but rather stick to his
personality as every footballer has a unique talent.
“Brighton is a very good goalkeeper,”
Phungwayo told Sport24 in an exclusive interview.
“I believe that we are all unique and
everyone in the team has a unique talent.
“The best way to succeed is not to try and
be a copycat of somebody.
“Brighton Mhlongo needs to be just himself
and we keep advising him in the team to be like that.
“The senior players always advise him to be
calm and not put him under unnecessary pressure.
“He understands that we all have
competitions in the team and that includes myself.
“I compete with Thabo (Matlaba) and Ayanda
(Ngcaba) in my position but at the end of the day I have to be myself.
“Brighton is doing so well for the team so
far and he is our number one at the moment.
“He needs to grab this opportunity with
Mhlongo has played five games since Meyiwa’s
death and managed to keep a clean-sheet on one occasion.
In those five matches, the former FC AK goal
minder has conceded seven goals.
His next assignment will be to keep reigning
PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns at bay when the Happy People host them at the
Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.