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Slovakia saved the day for the Brazilians, but the former Amakhosi star is still not convinced by the player
Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has questioned Pavol Safranko’s ability in the attack on Mamelodi Sundowns.
While applauding the 26-year-old for his late strike that gave Masandawana an equalizer in the 1-1 MTN8 quarter-final, first leg against the Golden Arrows, Khanye was still unhappy with Slovakia’s contribution.
Safranko came off the bench and replaced Lyle Lakay, playing the final 18 minutes, which he laced with a crucial goal five minutes from full time.
“Safranko scored, but I want to know what he is good at, I do not understand. Yes, he scored and I give him the credit, ”Khanye said iDiski TV.
“He is often in the right place [in terms of positioning] his teammates must find him. They do everything right, Shalulile was not himself today and it happens in football.
“But Safranko, when they put you in, it’s a chance you do not get in other games. We need to know what he is good at.”
It was Safranko’s first goal in Sundowns colors after arriving at Chloorkop in June, and he made his fourth appearance for Sundowns in all competitions.
In a rare compliment to Sundowns coaches, Khanye feels they got it right in their team selection, even though the team did not secure victory.
“I expected these teams to play a similar form of football, but the Sundowns, with their experience, quality and being champions, I expected them to have an advantage,” Khanye added.
“Sundowns played a 3-4-3 system as usual while attacking with the help of wingbacks Lyle Lakay and Thapelo Morena. Compliment to the Sundowns coaches, the team they asked to play week in, week out. Lebusa and Nascimento were the only players missing.
“Rivaldo [was delivering] lazy passes as usual. Every time Rivaldo was in possession, he would look for Jali, who is a kind of box-to-box player. So Mkhulise got the ball and you could see he was rusty and he only started playing after 30 minutes and he took the time to get into the box.
“The second half was much better for the Sundowns, and the wind favored them. The Sundowns deserved to score or even win the game. Even in the second half one could see that there was a certain feeling of urgency
“You could see Sirino is rusty due to not playing regularly, but he has quality. Arrows defended closer together. Their midfield was too deep with the defense. So I give Sundowns some credit for scoring that goal. ”
Masandawana were missing key players like Themba Zwane, Mosa Lebusa, Lebohang Maboe, Gift Motupa, Mothobi Mvala and Khuliso Mudau due to injuries.