Time for Sekola to shine

2015-04-01 11:56
Moeketsi Sekola (Supplied)
Moeketsi Sekola (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana's style of play has begun to evolve into something a little more poetic, but equally as effective.

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Shakes Mashaba has introduced subtle variations, and whilst there might be a question mark on his reign as a whole, the fact remains that to this point, his record stands up well to that of his predecessors.

However, while the style of play may be evolving, the evolution of squad personnel remains stagnant.

Apart from one or two exceptions, Bafana Bafana under Mashaba generally recruit diminutive, technically gifted players who are lacking two components: physicality and height.

Most notably from an attacking perspective, it can make the team predictable. Moeketsi Sekola would be an excellent addition to the forward line. He has all of the attributes of a modern-day center-forward, yet he's straight out of the old school.

A raging bull of a target-man, there are a number of facets to his game that would be complimentary to that which Shakes Mashaba already has.

For example, there aren't too many center-forwards in the PSL able to hold the ball up as well as Sekola.

Despite his considerable size, he has good feet for a big man, and you've little to no chance of shaking him off of the ball once he has received it to feet.

A decent football brain also keeps him a step ahead of his contemporaries. He has fantastic and intelligent movement which is something else that marks him out from his peers. Not just a one-trick pony.

He also has an eye for goal, certainly, but his awareness to note what's going on around him and utilise it to the benefit of his team-mates does not go unnoticed.

For Sekola, it is team first and foremost, individual second. Another golden reason why he would be a perfect fit for Bafana.

Used to playing a 4-4-2 at Free State Stars, there would be no need to fit a system around Sekola, for he knows and plays that system well. Even a 4-5-1 and a lone target-man role would hold no fears. The key difference in a Shakes Mashaba 4-4-2 would be the presence Sekola brings to that area of the field. Although he has played wide left and right for Ea Lla Koto, and even behind the main striker, he has to be employed centrally for Bafana to be able to utilise his range of skills to their fullest effect.

Sekola is direct, aggressive and imposing. He can also be explosive from a standing start and, once into his stride, is hugely difficult to shake off of the ball.

Sekola is precisely the sort of player that your everyday fan identifies with most readily. A real workhorse, it says everything about his other qualities.

What his presence does is allow the heat to be taken from his strike partner. If defenders go after the threat posed by him, they leave gaps open and expose themselves centrally.

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