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Nauseb: How Mosimane Could Use Shalulile

Peter Shalulile and Craig Martin of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership match between Highlands Park and Cape Town City FC at Dobsonville Stadium on September 02, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi
Former Namibia international Robert Nauseb says the future and progress of striker Peter Shalulile depends on how Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane uses him at Chloorkop.

The retired defender explains the former Highlands Park hitman has proven his worth in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), saying he will provide more options for the Brazilians as he can also play as a winger. Shalulile recently joined the reigning treble winners after the Lions of the North were sold to TS Galaxy and will compete with the likes of Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Alli Meza as well as Lebogang Maboe for a spot in the frontline.

“Shalulile has shown his worth that he is a lethal striker. I am confident that Pitso knows why he signed him and he knows how he will use him,” Nauseb told Isolezwe. “Shalulile’s future and progress are in Pitso’s hands to ensure his future doesn’t falter, to remain bright.

“I trust that he will play at Sundowns because he’s a complete player and the only outright striker in Sundowns squad for now. “I heard that Kermit Erasmus will also join Sundowns. He is the only striker who will compete with Shalulile upfront. What’s good about Peter is that he can also play as a winger. “In that way, he will give Pitso more options on how to use him. On top of that, Sundowns will play different competitions next season.”

Meanwhile, the former Amakhosi star also raised concerns regarding the competition in Tshwane especially when it comes to the happiness of the players. “However, my concern is on how Pitso will ensure that all of his players are happy. The youngsters will also want to play and if they don’t play, they will not be happy,” he added. “The competition for the jersey will be tight because only 11 players will have to enter the field of play.”

With the Brave Warriors international having completed the 2019/20 PSL season with 16 league goals next to his name, the 26-year-old will look to continue with his goalscoring exploits for the former African champions.

How could they line up with the players?

Mamelodi Sundowns are busy in the transfer market assembling a squad that will challenge for trophies in the 2020/21 season. The 4-4-2 Formation, 4-3-3 Formation and 4-2-3-1 Formation are some of the potential formations that coach Pitso Mosimane could use to accommodate the two players.

The 4-4-2 Formation: Mvala is a versatile player blessed with good tackling abilities, and can operate as a defensive midfielder having caught the eye while in this position for the South Africa under-23 national team.

While Shalulile is a quality utility attacker having proved his versatility while playing for Highlands Park and Namibia over the years. A speedy player blessed with good dribbling skills and an eye for goals, Shaulile can be deployed as a striker or a winger in a 4-4-2 formation The 27-year-old was used in both positions by coach Owen Da Gama at Highlands Park and he flourished in the 2019/20 season, scoring 16 goals which earned him the PSL Golden Boot award. Shalulile can be partnered with an out-and-out striker like Mauricio Affonso in this formation or compete with wingers Themba Zwane, Promise Mkhuma and Phakamani Mahlambi.

The 4-3-3 Formation: Mvala could also flourish in a 4-3-3 formation as one of the three midfielders due to his ability to defend and attack. The hard-working player can be the creator, who links up the midfield with the forwards ahead of him, or sit just in front of the defence as a shield for the backline. A South Africa international, Mvala can be partnered with his Bafana Bafana teammates Kekana and Jali in this formation.

While Shalulile will bring added flexibility to the reigning PSL champions as he can play anywhere across the front three. The former Tura Magic player can play as a one dedicated striker or operate as one of the wide forwards, who cut in from the flanks to either shoot or support the centre forward. Shalulile could form a deadly front three along with Zwane and Gaston Sirino with the duo considered amongst the best attackers in the country.

4-2-3-1 Formation: This formation could unleash the best out of Mvala as a playmaker deployed between two wingers and behind the main striker. This is arguably Mvala's best position having flourished as a playmaker for the Lions of the North in the 2018/19 season - scoring eight league goals. Highlands Park managed to retain his services despite interest from Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, but he would have to dislodge Gaston Sirino from the playmaker role at Sundowns.

Meanwhile, Shalulile was often been used as a lone striker by Da Gama following the departure of striker Tendai Ndoro, who left Highlands Park during the break which was enforced by the coronavirus pandemic. The former Namibia under-20 international ran onto long or through balls and finished chances - scoring four goals in the bio bubble which helped him scoop the Golden Boot award. Shalulile would face stiff competition from the likes of Affonso, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lebohang Maboe, who have been used as lone strikers by Mosimane.

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