Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Rulani Mokwena lauded the performance of Austin Muwowo after the winger made his debut for the Buccaneers in the goalless draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.
The Zambia international was signed by the Soweto giants before the start of the season with much hype but did not make his debut until the game against Arrows.
The 22-year-old came on late in the game and almost won the match for Pirates in the dying minutes by was denied his moment of glory due to a fine save by Arrows goalkeeper Edmond Sibanda.
Mokwena told reporters about Muwowo after the game: "He is a very good player.
"No doubt about it. I think we saw glimpses of it. It is not easy to make your derby at Orlando.
"There is lots of pressure, particularly because, number one, it is Orlando Stadium, the spiritual home of Orlando Pirates. number two, there is a lot of expectation and number three, the team has not been doing well.
"So, there were three heavy bags he was carrying on his debut which is not easy.
"But he showed courage, he showed character and he fought very hard in the 10 minutes that he was given. He showed a lot of quality."
It seems Muwowo is a forward that can play anywhere in the front three and can also slot into the playmaker role and Mokwena revealed his versatility will be a huge asset for the Buccaneers.
"He has a left foot that is very, very sweet. He has a good touch on the ball. He has the ability to play both outside and inside," Mokwena said.
"In other words, he can play as a number 10 and he can play on the line to isolate and dribble.
"He has the ability to play beyond the defence and score goals as he did in Zambia."
- TeamTalk Media