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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi said new Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter deserves credit for the way his team are playing. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Manqoba Mngqithi: Rushine de Reuck is one of the best in the country

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes Rushine de Reuck is one of the best players in the country.

Manqoba Mngqithi

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi said new Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter deserves credit for the way his team are playing. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes Rushine de Reuck is one of the best players in the country and has a lot to offer the club this season and beyond.

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The defender completed his move from Maritzburg United to Chloorkop this past weekend by signing a five-year deal with the Brazilians.  

While he’s comfortable as a centre-back, the former Golden Arrows mentor is of the view that De Reuck would blossom as a central midfielder.

“We know what he is capable of. Tactically for me, he is one of the best in the country. In my mind I think he will also be a good number six,” Manqoba Mngqithi told the media after his team’s 2-0 win over Chippa United on Sunday.

According to the 49-year-old tactician, one of the requirements for any player to be in his team, is versatility, adding that the Sundowns technical team already knows what De Reuck can offer in defence.  

“I have spoken to him about that because one wants to have players that will have multifunctional abilities. As a centre-back we know what he can offer but in my mind, I strongly believe he will make a very good number six,” he added.

“And that’s why it was important to bring in a player like him that can cover both centre-back and central midfield. I am more than optimistic that he is going to play a major role in what we want to achieve this season,” concluded Manqoba Mngqithi.

The Sundowns technical team is renowned for its ability to convert players and still get their best out of players – and De Reuck would follow in the footsteps of Bongani Zungu, Lyle Lakay, Thapelo Morena, and Rivaldo Coetzee among others.

Zungu is now a respected number six local and abroad after arriving at Sundowns as a striker from AmaTuks, while Lakay and Morena were attack-minded players until former coach Pitso Mosimane deployed them at left-back and right-back respectively.

Coetzee was a rock-solid centre-back during his days at the now-defunct Ajax Cape Town but Mosimane was the mastermind behind him battling with the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, and Andile Jali among others for a place in the starting line-up.

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