Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani
Mokwena has tipped Caio Marcelo to become a better player than
compatriot Ricardo Nascimento of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mokwena worked with Nascimento during his time as Pitso Mosimane's
assistant at Chloorkop and feels the new Pirates signing has the
potential to be even more influential.
The 20-year-old Marcelo has impressed in the few games that he has
played for the Buccaneers since his arrival during the off-season.
"We knew that we needed a centre-back that allowed us to play from
the back and that was left-footed and had the Brazilian element with
regards to the technical comfort and ability to read and gauge
situations," Mokwena was quoted as saying by KickOff.
"I think from that perspective you could possibly do a comparison
with Nascimento. (Marcelo) is slightly younger, with a little bit more
potential to be a hell of a lot better, and possibly even be exported to
Europe, because of the Brazilian tag attached to him.
"So, we know what we've brought in; we know the work he still needs
to do, we are not oblivious to that. There's still a lot of hard work
that needs to be invested into his game.
"We do a lot of work with him individually to try and assist so that
he's at his best for the club, and that's the most important thing. But
he's got a lot more potential, in my opinion, than Nascimento.
"Technically you can compare the two from an offensive perspective -
both comfortable on the ball, passing range, can play for possession and
penetration, and can play diagonal.
"He's got the qualities - strong in the air, but there's also a few
other qualities that we need to work on and sharpen and try to improve