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Mngqithi Compares Downs Star To World's Best Midfielders

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was complimentary of one Brazilian star, who he compared to some of the best holding midfielders in the world.

Read: Classy Sundowns Thrash Pirates In Nedbank Cup

Sundowns booked their spot in the semi-finals thanks to goals by Peter Shalulile, Themba Zwane, Lesedi Kapinga and Hlompho Kekana while Tshegofatso Mabasa scored what proved to be a consolation goal for Pirates.

Mngqithi reserved special praise for Rivaldo Coetzee and feels he would be able to play for any team in world football.

"His [Rivaldo Coetzee] passing range is unbelievable, we knew when we converted him into central midfield, very few central midfielders in the country have got a passing range of Rivaldo," he told SuperSport TV..

"And the tenacity, at times players can rush to make this decisions but Rivaldo is always relaxed and making sure that his passes are as precise as we want and credit must go to the development that he got, coaches that worked with him must get credit.

"Because for me Rivaldo can play for any big team in the world in that position, if you can compare him with all the top central midfielders, the sixes, you find [Sergio] Busquets in that space, you will find Fernandinho in that space, he's got those qualities and he performs at the highest level.

"For me his intellectual capacity and comprehension of tactics is out of this world."

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