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The well-traveled player opened his scoring account for the season, but a weakness in his game has been identified by the general
Legendary Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise discussed Pavol Safranko’s game after the Tshwane giants’ draw against the Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon.
The Slovakian farmer came off the bench to score a late equalizer as Masandawana fought back to hold Abafana Bes’thende to a 1-1 draw in the first match of the MTN8 semi-final in Durban.
It was Safranko’s fourth appearance this season – all coming as a replacement, and he hopes his first goal for Sundowns will give him his first official start for the PSL champions.
Modise, who spent seven successful seasons with Masandawana, feels the 26-year-old has an ability to find himself in goal scoring.
“I think Safranko, when he looks at his previous matches, once he has been introduced, is always in those positions,” Modise said. SuperSport TV.
“He always misses the half chances that Sundowns tend to create.
“I said when he was presented that he will get those kinds of opportunities, whether he wants to use them or not today, that’s another thing.”
A tall striker with a strong physique and headline ability, Safranko came to Sundowns last month from Sepsi OSK, where he scored nine goals from 34 matches in the Romanian Liga One last season.
The former Dundee United striker came on in the 72nd minute with Masandawana trailing 1-0 and he stuck the ball home after Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana had failed to hold on to Thapelo Morena’s cross.
“Today he brought the team back into the game because he’s in that kind of position forever,” continued Modise, who was nicknamed the general during his playing days.
“But once again, I think the second half suited his playing style because Sundowns played those crosses. Sundowns chased the game.”
Safranko hopes to make his full debut for the Sundowns when they take on the Kaizer Chiefs in a titanic PSL match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 12 September.
He has already faced the Chiefs this season after coming on as a substitute in the MTN8 quarter-final match that ended in a 2-1 win for the Sundowns on penalties after a 2-2 draw on 15 August.