Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane has seen it all with the Brazilians this season, but what gets him going on the field? Who is his inspiration? How does he choose his boots? Let's take a look!
"Mshishi" spoke with his sponsors PUMA about his outlook on the game.
You have played a number of roles across the midfield, which position do you prefer, and why?
I prefer to play behind a striker – the No. 10 position. I can play wherever the coach needs me but if I had to choose one position, it would be at 10.
What qualities make a great attacking midfielder?
The ability to pass and provide your teammates with goalscoring opportunities. And now and then, adding a goal to your skill set.
What is the best piece of trickery/skill you have "borrowed" from another player – either local or global?
I enjoy watching Cesc Fabregas, I learn a lot from him. His ability to always find space on the pitch is impressive. It is not easy in this modern game, which has got so physical, to always have time on the ball. From Cesc, I learn how move into space at the right time.
Does the modern tactic of needing to press in on the opposition's half mean you need to adapt your game and be fitter than ever to get through 90 minutes? Can we expect to see forward players being subbed more often nowadays to keep them fresh throughout the season?
The modern game has got more physical and players are stronger and faster, but the team that can keep the ball and use it wisely still dictates. Not to take away from the fact that teams need to be fitter and faster, etc., but eight out of 10 times the team that has better technical and tactical qualities will come out on top.
What are your thoughts on the new PUMA Sundowns kit? Which of the two (home or away) is your favourite, and why?
I love both of them equally, to be honest. We have used the home more than we have the away, but they are both great quality so I have no preference.
What do you enjoy about the PUMA evoPOWER boots you use, and how do they improve your game?
It is a boot made for football technicians, players who prefer to be on the ball. I have used it since its inception and have enjoyed every colour update. It definitely improves my touch and feel of the ball and accentuates my passing ability.
What do you make of Zwane's approach to the game?