Mbombela - Following their 2-0 victory over Mpumalanga Black Aces on Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns' attacking midfielder Themba Zwane said he is enjoying the freedom afforded to him in the middle of the park by coach Pitso Mosimane.
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The Thembisa-born winger was on target alongside Teko Modise as the Pretoria giants eliminated Amazayoni at the quarter-final stage of the Nedbank Cup in an entertaining clash at the Mbombela Stadium.
Zwane, 25, hinted thathis ‘free-role’ position is paying off for the Brazilians as he managed to score a goal and also contributed with an assist.
“The coach has given me a lot of freedom to play my normal game in midfield,” said Zwane.
“I think the way I’m playing now is exactly how I was playing last season at Aces.
“I’m creating a lot of chances for my team-mates to score and I’m also scoring goals myself.
“That’s the moments I’m currently enjoying at Sundowns.”
Zwane also insisted that he did not celebrate his match winning goal on the day due to the respect he has for his former employers.
“Obviously we all know that last season I was at Aces.
“Clive Barker gave me a lot of confidence and I appreciate that so much.
“I respect everyone at Aces very much including their supporters.
“Aces made me who I am today and that’s the reason I didn’t celebrate my goal.”
Sundowns will next face the National First Division (NFD) outfit, Vasco Da Gama, in the semi-finals of the R7m competition.
The times and venues are yet to be confirmed for the ties, but they are expected to take place over the weekend of April 25/26.