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
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.