Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana defender Thabo Nthethe has
rated Maritzburg United centre-back Rushine de Reuck as the best defender in
the Absa Premiership.
When the time comes around for the Defender of the Season nominations
to be announced, De Reuck's name is likely to be right in the mix along with
Mamelodi Sundowns stopper Motjeka Madisha and Kaizer Chiefs' Erick Mathoho.
It is no coincidence that Sundowns (15), Chiefs (16) and
Maritzburg (17) have conceded the fewest goals in the league this season along
with Bidvest Wits (15).
Nthethe knows a thing or two about defending having been the
premier centre-back in the country at one time. And the 35-year-old, who is set
to join Nedbank Cup champions TS Galaxy in the coming days, believes that it
would be a two-horse race between Madisha and De Reuck for the best defender
gong, but that De Reuck would edge it.
"For me Madisha and the boy from Maritzburg ... De
Reuck have been exceptional this season. But If I were to choose one, I'd go
for De Reuck," said Nthethe, who made 79 appearances for Sundowns before
leaving in 2018 and has won 22 Bafana caps.
"That boy (De Reuck) knows football. He is very calm
yet vocal in organising things at the back. He always wins one-against-one
Nthethe confirmed he is hoping to put pen to paper with
Galaxy before the end of the week and admits he would never have imagined being
coached by his contemporary Mabhuti Khenyeza, who has recently taken over the
reins at the GladAfrica Championship outfit.
"I'm still very much active. I have been training with
Galaxy and it's promising that I'll sign, maybe before this week ends,"
said the former Bafana Bafana defender.
"Life is a magic, I never thought I'd be coached by Mabhuti...I
used to give him tough times as a defender when he was a striker, now I'm
taking instructions from him."